The Law Office of Nicole Knox provides strong, experienced criminal defense representation for a wide range of state and federal drug crime charges.
Drug crime charges are serious matters, even for a first-time offender. A drug conviction can result in:
- Jail or prison time
- Hefty fines
- A criminal record
- Seizure of money
- Seizure of property
- Driver’s license suspension
- Loss of other important privileges
If you or someone you know has pending drug crime charges, it is imperative that you hire a knowledgeable attorney to skillfully represent you.
Common drug crimes charges
Ms. Knox will develop sound, effective defense strategy and to aggressively protect your rights every step of the way. She is well-prepared to defend against a variety of drug charges, including:
- Drug distribution
- Internet sale of prescription drugs
- Drug cultivation and manufacture
- Drug possession with intent to deliver
- Drug possession
- Drug conspiracy
There are various state and federal drug crime charges concerning the illegal trafficking and distribution of controlled substances such as methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. These cases may also involve the illegal distribution of prescription drugs online.
The stakes can be higher and the challenges greater in federal court because investigators likely have spent considerable time building a case against you before filing any charges. Also, federal sentencing guidelines carry harsh minimum sentences. However, state charges may also result in significant prison terms and fines.
Defense strategies vary in drug distribution cases. For example, one defense strategy is to challenge a search and seizure that was conducted improperly by law enforcement. Another defense strategy is to challenge the reliability or credibility of the government’s witness.
Internet sale of prescription drugs
This is an evolving field of the law and it is important to have an experienced attorney such as Ms. Knox if you are accused of Internet drug crime charges.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) frequently prosecute people for actions that are not actually crimes, but simply activities these agencies hope will someday be outlawed. If you are charged with this type of drug crime, you need a lawyer who knows how to handle it.
Ms. Knox has experience in defending drug crime cases involving online sales. She defended the owners of pharmaceutical websites as well as parties involved in the online sale and distribution of prescription drugs such as Oxycontin and Xanax. Even if you have not been charged with a crime, Ms. Knox can offer guidance on how you can make certain that your business adheres to current laws.
Drug cultivation and manufacture
The cultivation and manufacture of illegal substances includes planting, harvesting, drying, processing and cultivating illegal drugs. Prosecutors may also add charges of transportation and delivery in some cases. Some state and federal drugs offenses regarding drug cultivation and manufacture also carry mandatory minimum sentences.
Ms. Knox can provide the skilled representation you will need to navigate this complex legal process. She will examine all searches and seizures as well as challenge prosecution witnesses, who often are confidential informants or involved in drug-making operations themselves.
Drug possession with intent to deliver
Charges of drug possession with intent to deliver have a complex range of penalties in Texas depending on the type and amount of drug involved.
These types of drug crime charges should be handled by an experienced attorney. Ms. Knox has the expertise and background to help you build the solid defense you need in these cases. Prosecutors may use circumstantial factors in seeking possession with intent to deliver charges, or they may add intent charges because of the amount involved, without proper evidence that there was intent to distribute the drugs. Ms. Knox is known for her thorough research and tenacity in challenging prosecutors’ evidence and witnesses in these cases.
While a drug possession charge may seem like a minor offense in today’s world, you should seek proper legal representation early on because of the varying state and federal laws and punishments regarding drug possession.
A small amount of marijuana may be viewed as intended for personal use, but when larger amounts are involved, charges of intent to sell, distribute or even trafficking may be involved. Additionally, there are enhanced penalties for drug possession in legally defined “drug-free zones,” which include schools and daycare centers.
It is vital to have an attorney who will work to protect your rights and seek to mitigate any penalties. Your case may involve efforts to have evidence, including the actual drugs, suppressed because of illegal searches, inaccurate warrants and other constitutional violations made during an arrest. Even if the search or arrest is ruled valid, Ms. Knox will work hard to have the charges reduced or completely dismissed.
Prosecutors often pursue drug ring operations by charging alleged participants with conspiracy to commit a drug crime.
It is important to understand that if you are accused of drug conspiracy, the prosecution must prove you had knowledge and consent. They must prove you and at least one other person worked together to break the law. Ms. Knox will challenge the prosecution at every stage of your case in seeking to raise reasonable doubt as to your involvement in a drug conspiracy.
Meet Nicole Knox
Nicole Knox has quickly become one of the best criminal defense lawyers. She has defended the accused in nearly 100 jury trial verdicts, and she has earned over 60 “not guilty” verdicts. Her dedication to developing a strong defense and to zealous advocacy have also resulted in a long list of dismissals, favorable sentences, and refusals to prosecute.Learn More