Austin & San Antonio Drug Crime Defense Attorneys
A Dedicated Legal Team on Your Side
Drug crimes are generally aggressively prosecuted in the state of Texas. Even merely possessing a small quantity of a controlled substance can result in incarceration and/or thousands of dollars in fines. If you are arrested and charged with a drug crime, you will need capable legal representation that will give your defense the personalized attention it needs.
Our Austin & San Antonio drug crime defense lawyers have many years of experience representing clients in cases involving drug trafficking, drug possession, and the distribution of controlled substances and paraphernalia. Our team at Peek & Toland is extensively familiar with how these serious charges are adjudicated both in Texas courts and at the federal level, and we will work to ensure that your rights are fully protected throughout the legal process. We also understand that the laws surrounding drug possession and other drug-related offenses are not always clearly defined, but we will work every possible angle to give you the best legal services we are capable of offering.
Types of Drug Crimes in Texas
Texas outlaws several types of activities involving controlled substances. Someone can be arrested on state or federal drug conspiracy charges if they enter an agreement with one or more other parties to participate in any of these unlawful activities.
Our Austin & San Antonio drug crime defense attorneys can represent you in cases involving:
- Possession. “Possession” refers to situations where law enforcement finds a relatively small quantity of a controlled substance on your person, in your car, or in your home.
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. In Texas, it is unlawful to own or use drug-related paraphernalia – such as pipes, bongs, or syringes – that are intended to facilitate drug use.
- Possession with Intent to Distribute. Prosecutors might charge someone with “possession with intent to distribute” if they have evidence that the controlled substances involved were not intended exclusively for recreational use. The discovery of manufacturing or distribution paraphernalia (such as scales or chemical equipment) or large quantities of cash can trigger these charges.
- Prescription Drug Fraud. Using or obtaining prescription drugs that are not appropriately described to you is considered a crime. Someone can also face these charges if they forge prescription labels or materials.
- Drug Manufacturing. Participating in any stage of a controlled substance’s production or finishing processes can result in these charges.
- Drug Distribution. If someone transfers possession of a controlled substance to another person, they can potentially be charged with distribution, even if no payment is exchanged.
- Drug Trafficking. “Trafficking” generally encompasses manufacturing, transporting, and distributing drugs. Individuals participating in an ongoing controlled substance operation might face these charges. If distribution or transportation crosses state lines, trafficking typically becomes a federal crime.
Penalties for Drug Crimes in Texas
Drug crimes are often aggressively prosecuted in Texas, and the penalties someone can face will depend on the type and quantity of the controlled substance involved. Texas categorizes controlled substances across six “penalty groups” which determine the range of potential consequences.
Texas’s drug crime penalty groups include:
- Penalty Group 1: Heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and oxycodone
- Penalty Group 1A: LSD and some other types of hallucinatory acids
- Penalty Group 2: PCP, synthetic THC, and MDMA
- Penalty Group 2A: Synthetic substances that imitate natural compounds
- Penalty Group 3: Ambien, Valium, Xanax, Ritalin, and their generic equivalents
- Penalty Group 4: Compounds containing narcotics
Offenses involving high quantities of a controlled substance can result in extremely harsh sentences that can include fines of up to $250,000 (for some penalties) as well as life in prison. Even a low-level offense involving a relatively small quantity of any controlled substance can still lead to felony charges and years of incarceration.
Whether you have been caught with several pounds of marijuana or a truckload of crystal methamphetamine, our Austin & San Antonio drug crime defense lawyers are prepared to mount a capable defense and will seek the best possible outcome in your case. At Peek & Toland, we aim to provide you with the support, guidance, and confidence you need and deserve. We will listen to your concerns, build a solid defense, and fight for your rights.