Wheeler County

Wheeler is located on the east edge of the Panhandle along the Texas-Oklahoma border. The county is named after a Texas Supreme Court justice, Royall Tyler Wheeler. The town of Wheeler serves as the seat of Wheeler County. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Wheeler had a population of 5,410 citizens.

A popular route between Texas and Colorado diverts around Amarillo and through Wheeler County. Since Colorado legalized marijuana, the state has seen a massive tourism boost. Out-of-state weed tourists are crossing U.S. highways in droves to purchase and partake of Colorado’s legal marijuana. This has also led to an increase in drug busts along the route connecting the states.

If you’re facing charges for marijuana crimes, you need to contact the dedicated marijuana defense attorneys at the Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC.

Wheeler County Marijuana Defense Attorneys in Texas

After serving his community as a police lieutenant, attorney David Sloane left law enforcement to become an attorney. That was over 20 years ago, but David still applies his experience as a cop to benefit his clients as an attorney. David’s strong background in crime scene analysis and criminal investigations informs his approach to defending his clients.

If evidence isn’t gathered properly, or if protocol is broken during your arrest, the attorneys at the Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC can poke holes in the prosecution’s case. Whenever possible, we will push for dismissal or reduction of your charges. We will fight passionately to maintain your presumption of innocence.

Don’t let a marijuana charge ruin your life.  The attorneys at the Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC can help. We’ve represented clients from North Texas to the Panhandle and in between. We operate all through North Texas including the areas around Wheeler such as Hemphill, Gray, Collingsworth, Roberts, and Donley County.

Call (817) 349-7118 or fill out our online form today to get started with your free case evaluation.


Overview of Wheeler County in Texas


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Marijuana Busts in Wheeler County

Most drug arrests in Wheeler County occur after police initiate a traffic stop on the highway. Sometimes, though, the police will catch you while you’re sleeping. In October 2017, one driver exited Highway 83 to nap in a convenience store parking lot. When police arrived to perform a welfare check on the man, he was found to possess a variety of THC-infused edibles, beverages, and vaporizer pen cartridges. The suspect was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

In a more recent example from August 2018, Wheeler County deputies executed a traffic stop on a vehicle that was driving in the left lane of I-40 without passing. Officers searched the vehicle after detecting the smell of marijuana. The man’s vehicle was found to contain nearly 10,000 vials of liquid THC extract. If convicted, the suspect could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison.

You’re a moving target if you’re driving with marijuana or THC products in your vehicle. If you’ve been busted in Wheeler County, contact the experienced marijuana defense attorneys at the Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC for a free evaluation of your case.


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Major State Roads and Interstates in Wheeler County

Several major highways and roads lead through Wheeler County. If you are pulled over after crossing state lines and are found to be in possession of marijuana you might be up against federal charges. A federal offense for marijuana possession could mean up to 5 years behind bars. If you take one of the following roads through the county, drive safely and keep an eye out for law enforcement:

  • Farm to Market Road 48 (FM 48)
  • Farm to Market Road 2033 (FM 2033)
  • Farm to Market Road 2697 (FM 2697)
  • Farm to Market Road 3303 (FM 3303)
  • Interstate 40 (I-40)
  • S. Highway 83 (US 83)
  • State Highway 152 (SH 152)

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Law Enforcement Resources

Texas Highway Patrol | DPS – The Texas Highway Patrol (THP) is a division of the Texas Department of Public Safety. THP’s missions are to maintain and educate Texas citizens about public safety. Visit this website to read travel tips and learn more about the Highway Patrol Service.

Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office – Wes Crites has served as sheriff of Wheeler County since January 2013. The sheriff’s mission is to serve and protect the communities of Wheeler County. The department is located at 7944 US Highway 83 in Wheeler, Texas.

County Sheriff
Sheriff Wes Crites
Wheeler County Jail
Physical Address:
7944 US HWY 83
Wheeler, TX 79096
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 88
Wheeler, TX 79096
Phone: 806-826-5537
Fax: 806-826-3458


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Court Resources

31st District Court – District courts handle felony criminal cases for all counties within the district’s jurisdiction. Judge Steven R. Emmert presides over the 31st District which includes Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Roberts, and Wheeler counties.

31st District Court
Judge Steve R. Emmert
Wheeler County Courthouse
401 Main Street
Wheeler, TX 79096
Phone: 806-826-5501
Fax: 806-826-5503

Wheeler County Judge – The sitting judge for Wheeler county is Judge Jerry Hefley. Hefley hears misdemeanor criminal cases in the county as well as civil cases. As county judge, Hefley also serves as presiding officer of the commissioners court and as budget officer for the county.

Judge Jerry Hefley
401 Main Street
P. O. Box
Wheeler, TX 79096
Phone: 806-826-5961

Wheeler County Attorney – If you are charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in Wheeler County you might be seeing Leslie Standerfer, Wheeler County Attorney in court. As county attorney, Standerfer represents the state against defendants in misdemeanor criminal cases.

County Attorney
Leslie Standerfer
401 Main Street
P. O. Box 469
Wheeler, TX 79096
Phone: 806-826-2042
Fax: 806-826-3282


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Our Practice Areas

In addition to marijuana possession and trafficking charges, the Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC focuses on several other practice areas. Our main practice areas include:

  • Asset forfeiture
  • Cite and release
  • Delivery of marijuana
  • Positive THC drug test probation violation
  • Arrests of visitors from out of state
  • Marijuana trafficking
  • Illegal searches
  • Marijuana crimes
  • Highway interdiction
  • Marijuana DWI
  • Marijuana felony offenses

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Additional Resources

Texas Statutes – The Texas Statutes (also called Texas Codes) are a comprehensive collection of state laws and the penalties for violating them. The Statutes are regularly updated to reflect any laws that have been created, amended, or repealed by the Texas Legislature. Visit this website to research the law governing your charges.

DFW NORML – NORML is a non-profit marijuana legalization advocacy group that has lobbied to have the drug legalized all over the country. The Dallas Fort Worth Chapter lobbies state and local governments to end marijuana prohibition. See how you can help at the link above.


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Marijuana Defense Lawyer for Wheeler County, Texas

It doesn’t matter if you purchased your marijuana legally in Colorado. If Texas cops catch you with weed, they’ll charge you as a criminal. If you’re busted with edibles, the stakes are raised significantly. You could be facing thousands of dollars in fines and a lengthy prison stay. The Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC can help you avoid the full weight of consequences under Texas law.

Being charged with a crime isn’t the end of the line. It’s still possible to dismiss or reduce your charges. In some cases, you may qualify for a diversion treatment program that keeps you out of court with no criminal record. Our competent criminal defense attorneys will fight to achieve the best possible results for you.

The Law Offices of David Sloane, PLLC represents Texans from across the state, including the communities of Wheeler County such as Mobeetie, Shamrock, and Wheeler.

Call (817) 349-7118 or complete our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.


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This page was last updated on Thursday, February 7, 2019.