Understanding Drug Free Zones in Texas
Texas takes the illegal buying and selling of controlled substances very seriously. A drug crime conviction carries harsh penalties, including prison time, mountainous fines, and reputational damage that is difficult to repair.
However, not all drug crimes are the same. The location of the crime impacts the penalties, with Texas law punishing offenses that occur in “drug free zones” more harshly.
What Places Are Considered Drug Free Zones?
In the State of Texas, the following locales are considered drug free zones:
- Any area within 1,000 feet of a place frequented by children
- Daycare centers
- Elementary schools
- Secondary Schools
Additionally, drug free zones are also any area within 300 feet of:
- School busses
- Video arcade facilities
- Public swimming pools
It is important to note that the age of the children does not mitigate the crime, possessing or distributing drugs near a college campus is punished as harshly as the same offense committed near a daycare.
If a drug crime takes place in a drug free zone, the charge may be increased. For example, if a person is arrested for 10 ounces of cocaine, they may face a third-degree felony. However, if the sale takes place near a playground, the charge may be elevated to a second-degree felony.
Contact a San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney
Being convicted for a felony offense is life-changing. In addition to extensive prison time, you could face enormous fines and irreparable damage to your reputation.
With a felony conviction on your record, it may be difficult finding a job, renting an apartment, and even putting food on the table.
Furthermore, you may feel you are being treated as guilty before even setting foot in court. Thankfully, people charged with a crime have rights, law enforcement and the prosecution must act with propriety throughout the process.
The Law Offices of Sam H. Lock has been protecting the rights of Texans for years. We listen to your side of the story and construct a strong legal defense strategy.
Our team is ready to fight for you. We have worked with clients of all backgrounds and have handled all kinds of criminal cases.
If you are searching for a San Antonio criminal defense attorney that prioritizes the client, call Law Offices of Sam H. Lock today at 210-226-0965 for a free initial consultation.