Drug trafficking convictions are very serious, in that they can lead to lengthy prison sentences and thousands of dollars in fines. While there are many defenses available in drug trafficking cases, you must have experienced legal counsel in order to fully take advantage of any of these defenses. Therefore, it is in your best interests to contact our office as quickly as possible regarding any drug trafficking or any drug-related charges.
While all drug trafficking charges are serious, the severity of a drug trafficking charge often depends on the type of drug and the weight of the drug involved. Under both Texas and federal law, some drugs are considered to be more dangerous than others. The quantity of the drugs also determines the difference between simple drug possession and drug trafficking, which involves the transporting, importing, and/or selling of drugs. Whereas an individual might face a drug possession charge for having a small amount of marijuana in his or possession, he or she might face a drug trafficking charge for having 100 pounds of cocaine in his or her possession. This is the case whether the individual intended to sell the drugs or not. Drug trafficking charges also may result if an individual is caught with certain drug paraphernalia that is commonly associated with drug trafficking, such as scales or other devices for weighing drugs, individual plastic bags, and large sums of cash.
State charges are commonplace in drug possession cases, but federal charges often result in drug trafficking cases, such as when drugs are taken across state lines. Given the geographical location of Texas, drugs often cross state lines into Texas from Mexico. Under federal law, possession of certain amounts of heroin or methamphetamine can land you in federal prison for a minimum of five years and a fine of up to $2,000. For a second drug trafficking conviction, your potential prison term could double. The punishment for drug trafficking charges under Texas law, however, can be similarly severe.
When you are charged with drug trafficking or any type of criminal offense in the state of Texas, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent your interests from the very beginning of your case. We are here to evaluate the facts surrounding your case, present your options, and provide you with the strongest defense possible. Contact Peek & Toland at (512) 359-3362 today and set up an appointment to speak with our legal team.