Drug possession (including marijuana) in “drug-free” zones in Texas can result in more severe penalties and punishments than possession outside of those areas. Depending on the charge, a range of punishment may be raised to the next highest level under law, or minimum punishments may be increased. Also, punishments that are increased under the drug-free zone statutes are required to run consecutively to sentences imposed for other crimes punished in the same incident – in other words, sentences under these provisions are stacked on top of each other. It takes the knowledge, skill and experience of a seasoned criminal defense lawyer to reduce or eliminate the effects of Texas’ drug-free zone provisions.
What Is It?
A drug-free zone is any place in, on, or within 1,000 feet of premises owned, rented, or leased by an institution of higher learning, the premises of a public or private youth center, or a playground; or in, on, or within 300 feet of the premises of a public swimming pool or video arcade facility or on a school bus. No matter how insignificant you think your charge is, Texas courts can be strict when it comes to enforcing its drug laws, and, even if this is your first charge, you could find yourself in jail. For more than 40 years, the criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Clancy & Clancy have been helping people in the Dallas – Fort Worth area, and their understanding of the penalty – enhancing statures under Texas’ Drug-Free Zone law has helped to keep their clients from suffering the most severe penalties.
Let Us Help You
If you have been charged with violating Texas’ Drug-Free Zone laws, you are facing the potential of an expanded jail sentence. We have spent years acquiring the knowledge and skill to help clients avoid the worst penalties that can come from a conviction under the Drug-Free Zone statutes. We will answer your questions and provide clear, objective legal advice. Call Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Clancy & Clancy at (214) 550-5771 or email us to schedule a consultation.