Trafficking Drug Charge in Texas

The punishments for trafficking drugs in Texas can be quite severe. It's critical that you don't delay in getting an experienced drug trafficking defense attorney if you're facing such charges. Chris Denuna has helped several clients get their drug charge sentences reduced or even their cases dismissed by finding the flaws made during arrests and prosecution. 

There are different punishments for drug trafficking in Texas depending on the drug itself and the amount being carried.

Texas Cocaine Trafficking Laws and Punishments

Texas Health and Safety Code (481.115) says it is illegal to possess, manufacture, or deliver any amount of cocaine in Texas. Cocaine-related punishments are dependent on the amount of cocaine involved during the arrest.

For delivery of cocaine, Texas Health and Safety Code (481.112), the punishment is a fine of up to $10,000 and jail time ranging from 180 days to 2 years for trafficking/delivering under 1 gram. For trafficking/delivering over 400 grams of cocaine, punishments can range from prison time of 15-99 years and/or a fine of $250,000.

Texas Marijuana Trafficking Laws and Punishments

Even though public support for marijuana legalization is increasing, Texas lawmakers maintain harsh punishments for this substance. These punishments depend on the charges levied and the amount of marijuana found during the arrest. 

Texas Health and Safety Code (Section 481.120) states that if you knowingly have "actual care, custody, control or management" of marijuana, that defines possession of marijuana.

For delivery, trafficking, transfer, or sales of marijuana, Texas Health and Safety Code (481.121) states that selling 7 grams or less of it is a misdemeanor with the potential for 180 days of jail time and a $2,000 fine; 7 grams to 5 pounds is a felony with one year of jail time and a $4,000 fine. Selling any amount to a minor is a felony with jail time ranging from 2-20 years and up to a $20,000 fine.

Texas Meth Trafficking Laws and Punishments

The Texas Controlled Substances Act makes it illegal to possess, distribute, or manufacture methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is also known as meth/crystal meth/crystal. Punishments relating to meth depend on the type and amount of materials associated with it, but almost all Texas meth punishments mandate over a year in prison.

Manufacturing or distributing meth can bring much harsher punishments depending on the weight of the materials involved. The manufacture or delivery statute brings punishments ranging from 2 to 20 years in prison for 1-4 grams and 10-99 years in prison for 200-400 grams.

Possessing paraphernalia related to methamphetamine and its use, such as bottle caps, needles, hollowed-out pens, etc., for a person's individual carries brings a fine of up to $500.

Protect Your Rights with an Experienced Texas Drug Defense Lawyer

The importance of a knowledgeable, skilled defense attorney to protect your legal rights after a charge of drug trafficking in Texas cannot be overstated. Our office can be reached via phone or email. Contact Chris Denuna today for a zero-risk, confidential legal review of your case.

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