In Texas, drug trafficking is among the most serious drug crimes a person can be charged with. A conviction can be punished by years in prison as well as thousands of dollars in fines. Additionally, a drug trafficking charge on your criminal record can greatly limit your options for future employment and can even effect where you may be able to live. If you or someone you know is being charged with drug trafficking, contact the Plano drug crimes attorney at Peveto Law as soon as possible. Our founding attorney possesses nearly a decade of legal experience in criminal defense and has helped numerous clients successfully fight the charges against them.
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Under Texas law drug trafficking can refer to knowingly and intentionally transporting, selling, manufacturing, or distributing a controlled substance. Charges for trafficking are also closely associated with the amount of an illegal substance in question. In order for the prosecution to secure a conviction, they must prove that (1) a person knowingly possessed a controlled substance and (2) the quantity exceeded a legally specified amount. The amount necessary to incur a trafficking charge differs for each controlled substance as outline by the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Those who are found in possession of an amount of drugs lower than the specified amount may still be charged with crimes such as possession or intent to distribute.
Penalties associated with the trafficking of a controlled substance are greatly determined by the type of controlled substance in question. In Texas, controlled substances are classified into “penalty groups” based on their potential for abuse as well as known medical uses. There are four penalty groups and two subgroups and the most severe punishments are associated with drugs in penalty group 1, such as cocaine and heroin. Punishments can also be increased for cases where the alleged crime took place near a location such as a school.
Trafficking can also be charged at the federal level such as in cases when drug related activities cross sate or international borders. Although federal and state law share many similarities, federal charges are generally more severe. On the federal level, drug trafficking is a felony and punishments can range from several years to life in prison.
If you have been charged with drug trafficking or a related drug crime, do not hesitate to contact our Plano criminal defense attorney. At Peveto Law, we will do everything in our power to see that you do not end up with a drug trafficking conviction on your criminal record. Our firm is dedicated to our clients and we have a successful track record of reducing drug charges and securing acquittals. When your future is on the line, look no further than the Peveto Law.
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