Regardless of your opinion of “marijuana prohibition,” the “war on drugs,” or drug laws in general, getting charged with possession or sale of illegal drugs is a serious event that may have lifelong consequences.

 

Drug law violations may be charged in many ways:

Conspiracy

Marijuana

Other Controlled Substances

Possession

Smuggling, Sale and Distribution

Manufacturing and Cultivating

Prescription Medicines

Designer Drugs

Drug Abuse and Addiction

Most drug cases prosecuted today involve marijuana, cocaine, meth and methamphetamines, heroin, MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, Xanax, OxyContin, Valium, Rohypnol, steroids, hydrocodone (Vicodin), crack, “spice,” analogs to scheduled controlled substances, simulated drugs and drugs legal in other states but not in Texas, and…the list goes on.

In addition, Mallett, Saper, Berg, L.L.P. routinely represents professionals such as doctors, dentists, pharmacists, lawyers and other professionals before the state and federal regulatory agencies. We also work with psychiatrists, psychologists, addiction specialists and treatment programs to “cure” problems at the source, to protect licenses and to obtain dismissal of related criminal cases.

The abuse of prescription medication also can result in criminal charges. Many clients were prescribed medications, become addicted, and when their doctor discontinues the medication the client self-medicated through the use of online purchases, forged prescriptions, doctor shopping and other desperate efforts to obtain the needed prescription medication. Healthcare professionals sometimes become addicted by abusing the very drugs they frequently prescribe.

When arrested, whether people are rich or poor, they are treated equally, taken to jail, and then held until released on bond like every other defendant. Pretrial release procedures take from several hours to several days. If you think you have a problem, you should consider talking to a lawyer before you are arrested.

Ed Mallett is a life member of the National Legal Committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Federal drug case indictments may be long and complicated, charging many defendants and many counts. Ed Mallett successfully defended two defendants in America’s largest single marijuana seizure, 110,000 pounds, from a Colombian ship.

In April 2016, Tom Berg represented a doctor in a 5-week federal jury trial, disputing claims of Medicare fraud and his client was found not guilty of all charges.

We routinely help in smaller cases as well – a baggie, a pill, or even an empty container with possible residue – knowing that a conviction for drugs can have harsh and adverse consequences, such as loss of civil rights, driver’s license revocation, deportation – and, of course, imprisonment, fines and forfeiture of real estate, personal automobiles and other property.