I was arrested in Tarrant county for possession controlled substance under 1 gram. I'm out on bond and have initial appearance court coming up. Will the judge order a drug test at court?
The answer to that question is a matter of local practice; however, as a general rule, the courts do not order drug tests for people appearing in court unless their behavior warrants it. Judges are usually very astute at noticing when someone is high on drugs or alcohol, so DO NOT use before going to court.
Each court has different policies toward drug testing people on bond. To be safe, stay clean. However, if you are tested and are positive, it will probably be a free pass. It will set a baseline and the next drug test better be clean or at least show the levels are going down.
Random UA's CAN be a condition of bond while a case is pending, but it is unknown if that will occur in your specific case. Since the possibility exists for a drug test to be ordered, however, you should plan accordingly. Get with your lawyer. Good luck.
Not breaking the law is a condition of everyone's bond. The judge can drug test you at any time while your case is pending. If you are late to court, you stand a good chance of being drug tested. Several judges lock people up immediately when a defendant fails a drug test. The judge can revoke your bond. So if you are using any drugs, you’d be wise to stop.
The use of this information shall not create any attorney-client relationship. You should see if you qualify for a court-appointed attorney at the initial appearance (“IA”) docket or retain a local criminal defense attorney.
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