The state of Texas has a great deal of concern over drug crimes. Possession of an illicit drug is one case in which a criminal can face severe penalties. Various penalties regulations can be observed in the Texas Health Safety Code regarding possession of drugs.
A class B misdemeanor is possession below 2 ounces of marijuana, whereas marijuana possession of more than 2 ounces, lower than four ounces is a class A misdemeanor. Yet possession of more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds is a state prison crime. Most people convicted of simple drug trafficking are usually found with a limited personal quantity of marijuana, which is less than four ounces of the drug. Thus, more people are looking at the charge of the misdemeanor.
A DFZ (Drug Free Zone) charge entails two things. First, the charge lifts one degree in the punishment scale. Second, it impacts the eligibility for parole. The DFZ allegation has no significant impact if the defendant is qualified for probation, but if the defendant is not eligible for probation, the DFZ allegation has a considerable influence. The convict is eligible for parole after serving 20% of his term. When there is a DFZ claim, the defendant is not liable for parole until he or she has completed a period of five consecutive years.
For instance, if the defendant was sentenced to DFZ for four years, the defendant would have to serve every four years. But if the accused has been sentenced to 8 years DFZ, he will not be eligible for parole for at least 5 years.
At the office of Cole Paschall Law, we provide comprehensive consultations, ensuring you have an opportunity to avoid harsh penalties for your suspected crimes or at least get away with reduced sentences or community services. To start developing a substantial impactful defense against any criminal charges, contact the office of Cole Paschall Law, one of the top drug crime lawyers in Fort Worth, TX, at 1-817-477-4100.