The war on drugs is still in full force. Regardless of overtures to move our system towards treatment rather than incarceration, we still incarcerate many, many people for drug possession. Don't become one of these statistics. Let me explain two angles that these cases can be fought from. A lazy attorney will fight for neither of these angles.
1. Rehabilitation. Do you actually have a drug problem? Are you caught completely red handed? Do you want to help yourself or kick your habit? Then this route may be for you. I am no advocate of a guilty plea, but I am absolutely not an advocate of drug addiction. If you want treatment or you need treatment to beat your addiction, you need an attorney who will pull out all the stops to get you into treatment.
Do not just buy into the concept that your criminal history bars you from treatment programs or probation. Do not let someone tell you that something is off limits. In Nueces county (and most surrounding counties) there are SATF programs and drug diversion programs. The system will not help you get to these. The system wants to see you in prison. Fight that system, fight your addiction. Pick an attorney who will help you win that fight.
2. Possession. The war on drugs is also indiscriminate. While some people have drug problems, some people get swept up in a police officer's appetite for a 'drug bust'. Think of the smile on a cop's face when he goes back to the station and talks about this drugged out loser that he arrested today.
This leads police to act first and think last. They will often arrest a car full of people for what amounts to a single dose of a drug. They will unlawfully search you in order to find drugs. They will use dogs that are not properly trained. They will lie about the smell of marijuana. They will do anything and everything in their power to pin it on you.
If it was not your drugs, then take it to trial. Fight them, do not capitulate. Do not take the wrap for someone else's illegal activity. If it was not yours, then you are NOT GUILTY!