Drug trafficking and distribution charges are serious and require a serious response from an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer. Depending on the drugs involved, the rest of your life may be in jeopardy, so it is vital to begin mounting a strong defense from the outset. Here is what to know about drug trafficking and distribution charges.
Drug Trafficking And Distribution
In Texas, there are specific definitions that provide the basis for drug trafficking and distribution charges. Namely, Texas Health and Safety Code, § 481.002 (8) and (14) contain the following definitions:
Deliver – To transfer, actually or constructively, to another a controlled substance, counterfeit substance, or drug paraphernalia, regardless of whether there is an agency relationship (including offering to sell a controlled substance).
Distribute – To deliver a controlled substance other than by administering or dispensing the substance.
If you are found in possession of a large quantity of drugs, you can face serious drug charges, including federal crime charges.
Federal Drug Trafficking And Distribution Penalties
In addition to any state charges and penalties, you can also face penalties for federal drug trafficking and distribution. The federal government heavily penalizes drug trafficking. The potential penalty depends on the type of substance involved, the amount, and any prior criminal history.
A sampling of potential penalties for first-time drug trafficking offenses by the DEA includes:
- Cocaine of 500 to 4,999 grams mixture – 5 to 40 years imprisonment
- Fentanyl 40 to 399 grams mixture – 5 to 40 years imprisonment
- Heroin 1 kg or more – 10 years to life
- LSD – 10 years to life
- Schedule V drugs of any amount – Up to one-year imprisonment
- Less than 50 kg marijuana – Up to 5 years imprisonment
- 1,000 kg or more marijuana mixture – 10 years to life
Differences Between State And Federal Charges
There are several differences between state and federal charges. Federal charges may involve:
- Stiffer potential penalties
- Federal agencies like the DEA
- Different criminal procedures
- Greater resources and more in-depth investigative efforts
- U.S. attorneys who prosecute the case
- Federal criminal statutes
When you have the full weight of the federal government against you, you may want to consider hiring a criminal defense lawyer who can help protect your rights.
Contact Vinas & Graham PLLC To Fight Drug Trafficking And Distribution Charges
If you are facing drug trafficking and distribution charges, do not hesitate to contact Vinas & Graham, PLLC. Our knowledgeable federal defense lawyers can carefully review the circumstances surrounding your case and mount a personalized legal strategy to protect your rights. Follow us on Facebook to stay in touch with our firm and for the latest updates.