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Do you know your rights? What to do if you have been charged with a drug offense.

You've been arrested for a drug crime in Texas, now what? For the layman, he or she typically knows little to nothing about the Texas criminal justice system, especially if they've never been arrested before. However, it's extremely important that people become educated about their criminal rights because what they say and do can have a major impact on the outcome of their case. The tricky part is to ensure that you don't say and do the wrong things because a mistake on your part can have devastating consequences and steer your case in the wrong direction permanently.

When you are being questioned by the police, you always have the following rights:

  • You have the right to remain silent when being questioned by the police.
  • You have the right against unlawful searches and seizures.
  • If you choose to speak to the police, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
  • If you decide to answer questions, you can stop at anytime and ask to for an attorney, and the law requires that all questions cease.
  • You have a right to speak with a lawyer before answering any questions. You also have the right to have your attorney present if you decide to answer any questions.
  • You have the right to be free from cruel and inhumane treatment.
  • You have the right to be informed about what crime or crimes you are being charged with.
  • You have the right to communicate with a friend, a family member, a bondsman, or your attorney by phone after you are brought down to the police station; however, the police have the right to finish booking you before allowing you to use the telephone.

If you have been arrested, there shouldn't be any unnecessary delays imposed upon you, and you should be allowed to see the magistrate no later than 48 hours after you have been arrested. The magistrate will inform you of the following in clear language:1) what you have been arrested for,2) your right to obtain an attorney,3) your right to remain silent, 4) your right to have an attorney present during any interview with the police or with the prosecutor,5) your right to terminate the interview at any time,6) the right to a trial, and, 7) your rights against making any statements that are self incriminating. Additionally, the magistrate is required to allow you reasonable time and opportunity to consult with your defense attorney and they are required to allow you bail if it's permitted under the law.

What To Do After Being Charged With a Drug Offense

Once you have been charged with a drug offense, exercise your right to remain silent, and your right to a Fort Worth criminal defense attorney! Whatever you do, do not admit guilt to the arresting officer or to anyone down at the station. You must remember that anything you say can and will be used against you in court. You don't know what the police have against you and they may have even violated your search and seizure rights. If this is the case, it may be possible to get the evidence suppressed and the case thrown out of court. Our founder, attorney Navid Alband spent five years prosecuting various drug crimes for Tarrant County, many of which included drug crimes. He knows exactly how and where to look for any weaknesses in the prosecution's case and this can be extremely valuable to you.

Start fighting your drug charges today, contact former prosecutor Navid Alband from the firm to begin protecting your legal rights in the criminal process.

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