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Texas man with previous record faces drug and weapons charges

Being accused of drug charges in Texas can be intimidating. This can be especially true if the person charged also has a past criminal record. And when a drug charge is coupled with a weapons charge, the stakes go up even higher.

Such was the case on Nov. 5 when a 31-year-old man, who had previously been convicted of a felony, was arrested for alleged drug possession and possession of what authorities claim was a stolen firearm. Police say the man was in possession of thousands of dollars worth of crystal methamphetamine.

The suspect is now confronted with two felony charges: first, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, which is a second-degree felony, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm, which is a third-degree felony. According to authorities, the alleged drugs have a street value of about $15,000. The man was also booked for outstanding warrants that had been issued in Parker County. Those charges involved unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and driving while intoxicated. His bond amounts to more than $46,000, and it is not known if the man has arranged for bond payment.

In what can seem an overwhelming situation, it is important to remember that individuals accused of drug and weapons crimes, regardless of past offenses, are always innocent until proven guilty. Many factors go into building a case for or against such charges, and Texans confronted with a similar situation need to be fully aware of their rights. For instance, there may be aspects of the arrest or the search and seizure that could result in reduced or even dismissed charges. Police officers do make mistakes, and in felony cases, it is important that defendants have sympathetic representation, and that the circumstances of the case are thoroughly analyzed to ensure that the rights of the accused are protected.

Source: reporternews.com, "Ovalo man faces drug charges," Denise Blaz, Nov. 07, 2011

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