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Being convicted of drug possession in Texas comes with severe penalties, which often include jail time. Despite the severe penalties, drug possession is a common crime here in Texas. Just recently, the Texas Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) seized in excess of four pounds of methamphetamine. Said methamphetamine was found in Carson County following a lawful traffic stop by a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper. The suspect, Candy Crandall, 45, was driving a Honda passenger car and was traveling east on IH-40 before being pulled over. Following the traffic stop, the officer noticed a trash bag containing four plastic-wrapped packages of methamphetamine in plain view. Apparently, the drugs were valued at around $348,000. Crandall was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Crandall was transported and booked into the Carson County jail.

There are many questions that surround driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges. To classify as intoxicated in Texas, one must have a .08 blood alcohol content level. DWI charges can result in strict penalties based upon the circumstances of the case. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that in 2014 there were 952 deaths resulting from fatal car crashes involving an intoxicated driver.

Consider the following when you are facing DWI charges:

A drug free zone is a legal term for an area within 1,000 feet from a school, park, playground, or other designated area where children tend to gather. Offenses that occur in drug free zones negatively impact charges by affecting parole eligibility. Drug free zone possession charges also amplify the punishment range one degree of an offense. For example, a third-degree possession charge in a drug free zone will result in a second-degree charge. Not to mention, charges in drug free zones must run consecutively to other sentences imposed for other crimes. Although it is unwise to face a possession charge in a drug free zone, these types of cases still happen.

How Drug Free Zones Are Defined

In Texas, a Drug Free Zone is defined by Texas law as any location within 1,000 feet of premises owned by either an institute of higher learning, a youth center, or a playground. The definition of a drug free zone can be perplexing. For example, to classify as a playground, an area must contain “three or more” sets of apparatus for the amusement of children. Law enforcement must physically count the number of pieces of playground equipment to determine if an area fits within the definition of playground.

Types of Drug Free Zones


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Wheeler Law Office
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Located at: 101 S. Woodrow Lane, Suite 102
Denton, TX 76205
Phone: (940) 465-3178