Drug Possession

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A conviction for possession of a controlled substance can affect your employment, your professional license, your student loans, and your reputation. Additionally, drug offenses carry serious penalties including a criminal record and possible jail time.  If you or a loved one has been accused of possessing a controlled substance, you need to hire an attorney with experience.  As a former prosecutor, Attorney Jorge Vela handled thousands of drug cases.  Now, as a defense attorney, he is using that experience to fight for you!

Common Drug Offences

Some of the most common controlled substance offenses committed in Travis County and the surrounding areas include:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Prescription Drug Charges
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Manufacturing

Former Federal Drug Prosecutor

Jorge Vela spent three years as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Southern District of Texas.  As a federal prosecutor, he was in charge of investigating Mexican drug trafficking organizations that smuggled large quantities of narcotics across the U.S. – Mexico border. 

He worked closely with special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and U.S Customs and Border Protection.  As part of investigations, Jorge also consulted extensively with drug experts, forensic chemists, and forensic computer analysts. 

After handling hundreds of complex drug investigations, Jorge acquired insight into the best way state and federal drug cases can be challenged in Court. 

A Drug Possession Charge Can Be Devastating, Jorge Law Can Help You Fight

The potential sentence for drug charges in Austin, Texas, varies from drug to drug, but could include jail time and fines. A first-time marijuana charge could land you in jail for up to 180 days, or with a $2,000 fine. A single gram of cocaine could mean up to two years in prison. A drug possession charge can change your life. The sentencing for drug trafficking is even more strict. Fortunately, Jorge Vela Law is here to assist.

In Texas, controlled substances include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, MDMA, and hallucinogens. Additionally, you could face drug charges if you’re caught with prescription medications and don’t have a valid prescription. Examples include narcotic analgesics, benzodiazepine tranquilizers, or amphetamines.

From the embarrassment of losing your job being a risk to future employers, or an unaffordable fine, a drug possession charge can take a toll on your future. However, they don’t have the right counsel. Jorge Vela understands the law and can help lessen charges or sentencing through legal-backed practices known to work in these types of cases.

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Fourth Amendment Protections

The Fourth Amendment of the United States protects everyone from unreasonable search and seizures.  If an officer did not have reasonable suspicion for a detention or probable cause for a search, your attorney may be able to challenge the admission of any incriminating evidence gathered by officers.  If the search is found to be illegal, this may potentially lead to a reduction of charges or dismissal of the case.

As a former prosecutor, Attorney Jorge Vela knows exactly what to look in order to challenge an illegal search or seizure by a police officer. Regardless of what a police officer finds in your car, your home, or on your person, you need a lawyer that will PROTECT your rights. Contact the Law Office of Jorge Vela for a consultation.

Former Federal Drug Prosecutor

Jorge Vela spent three years as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Southern District of Texas.  As a federal prosecutor, he was in charge of investigating Mexican drug trafficking organizations that smuggled large quantities of narcotics across the U.S. – Mexico border. 

He worked closely with special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and U.S Customs and Border Protection.  As part of investigations, Jorge also consulted extensively with drug experts, forensic chemists, and forensic computer analysts. 

After handling hundreds of complex drug investigations, Jorge acquired insight into the best way state and federal drug cases can be challenged in Court.