Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

The vast majority of paraphernalia arrests in the State of Texas are Misdemeanor-C punishable by up to a $500 fine and handled at the municipal (city courthouse) level. City attorneys never seek a jail sentence in misdemeanor paraphernalia cases, and frequently my clients will face only a short deferred adjudication unsupervised probation and the related fines, with no arrest on their record after completion of their plea agreement and a filing for non-disclosure. However, some clients who pay the "fine" when they bond out following arrest are actually accepting a guilty plea without consulting an attorney. If you have been arrested for possession of paraphernalia, consult an attorney immediately! Do not wait until your court date or for any other reason, or you may lose your right to a new trial or appeal.

Once you've been arrested and bonded out, give me a call at (512) 743-1711 or email me at brent@burpeelaw.com and I'll file a Notice of Appearance in your case as quickly as possible. The whole negotiation may be completed in one setting, and you may receive your deferred adjudication and payment plan before you know it! If you accept a plea agreement, my rates are inexpensive and I accept a flat fee with payment plans, if needed.

If you want to "fight" the ticket for possession of paraphernalia (or any other misdemeanor-C tickets) the chances are much higher of achieving a dismissal than County-level cases, since most municipal courts operate on a basis of "If the police officer doesn't show for trial, the case is dismissed." However, some municipalities are more likely to have officers appear, and the process of attending a pre-trial and trial setting may be less desirable than simply accepting a deferred adjudication plea and getting the case resolved. One way or another, I can handle your case!