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Texas coach convicted of drug charges avoids jail

When facing criminal charges, those with little experience concerning the criminal justice system likely have many questions. Fortunately, there is assistance available that can help defendants better understand their options as they deal with charges. For example, a former high school baseball coach in Texas has recently avoided jail time after he was convicted of drug charges.

The 65-year-old man was arrested on the charges in 2012. Texas prosecutors claim that he purchased cocaine from a drug dealer who was actually a police informant. The defendant claimed that he never used the drug. Originally charged with possession of between 1 and 4 grams of cocaine, the judge in the case approved a defense motion that reduced the charge he faced.

The judge, who noted that she disagreed with the prosecution's claims that the man  accepted no accountability and questioned the reliability of the state's main witness, sentenced him to five years of probation. If he violates his probation, he must pay a $1,000 fine. Additionally, he will have to participate in a psychological evaluation in order to determine whether he has a drug problem and complete community service.

By having an experienced defense attorney on their side, those facing drug charges in Texas are often better prepared to make informed decisions about their case. An attorney can help seek a reduction of charges as well as fight for a just result in court. Those who have such help may feel more knowledgeable about the criminal process, potentially reducing some of the stress they may experience as they navigate the court system.  

Source:, "Michael Beltran sentenced to probation in drug case", Lashay Wesley, Jan. 21, 2016

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