The “War on Drugs”

It has been over forty years since the government declared its “War on Drugs,” resulting in the continued assault by the government on the civil liberties and individual rights of the citizenry to be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion.

Offenses relating to drugs (controlled substances) carry potentially life-altering consequences.

  • Loss of employment
  • Loss of voting rights
  • Loss of parental rights
  • Financial-aid eligibility for education
  • Loss of federal assistance, such as food stamps and housing

Superior Knowledge of the Law

Voted one of the best lawyers in San Antonio by S.A Scene magazine, criminal defense attorney Christopher W. Simpkins understands the unique issues inherent in Texas drug charge cases.

As an active member of the Legal Committee of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), his advocacy and commitment to protecting the rights of his clients has led to dismissals of all charges in many drug charge cases.

Christopher Simpkins takes great pride in defending his clients against all types of drug charges.

Potential Penalties for Texas

This “War on Drugs” has led to extremely harsh potential consequences for individuals convicted of drug offenses. In Texas, felony drug crimes are divided into five levels.

  • Capital Felony – punishable by death or life without parole.
  • First Degree Felony – punishable by a sentence of 5 years to life in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
  • Second Degree Felony – punishable by a sentence of 2-20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
  • Third-Degree Felony – punishable by a sentence of 2-10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
  • State Jail Felony – punishable by a sentence of 180 days-2 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

We Can Help

If you are ever confronted by police officers or other law enforcement for drug charges, it pays to know your rights.

  • Assert your right to remain silent – Communicate that you wish to exercise your right to remain silent.
  • Never consent to a search – You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself or your possessions.
  • Stay calm and polite – Politely inform the officers that you will not answer any of their questions without your attorney being present.

Approach Every Angle

Simpkins will build a solid defense against drug possession charges from every angle exploring the many possible ways to seek dismissal of all drug possession charges.

  • Unlawful Search and Seizure – This is a common occurrence prior to an arrest and can be the key to dismissing your case.
  • Unwitting Possession – This might be your best defense if you’ve been found in possession of drugs, but did not know they were in your possession.
  • Crime Lab Analysis – The prosecution must prove through crime lab analysis that the seized substance is indeed an illicit drug and must present testify at trial to that finding.
  • Missing Drug Evidence – At trial, the prosecution must produce the actual drugs for which you are charged. Seized drugs go through many transfers before ending up in evidence and can be misplaced.
  • Entrapment – Common during sting operations, an informant pressures a suspect to commit a crime he or she would not have otherwise committed.
  • Planted Drugs – If you suspect a police officer has planted drugs on you, a motion can be filed to release that officer’s complaint file in order to build a case against his or her credibility.

Call Us for Dedicated, Personalized Service

If you or someone you know has been arrested or under investigation for possessing or distributing a drug, such as Cocaine, Heroin, Ecstasy (MDMA), or Magic Mushrooms (psilocybin), or possessing a legal prescription medication without a valid prescription, call the Law Office of Christopher W. Simpkins at (210) 273-4874 to protect your rights.

Never consent to a search of your person or possessions.