Most drugs that make it into the U.S. come through Texas due to its proximity to the border. It’s not uncommon for many of the cases on a Texas court’s docket to be for drug trafficking charges.
Texas imposes some harsh penalties on those convicted of drug trafficking crimes. The Texas Controlled Substance Act details what constitutes drug trafficking as well as the range of sentences imposed upon defendants who are convicted.
Penalties that convicted drug traffickers face in Texas
Penalties for drug trafficking in Texas can be substantial. A state felony conviction carries a maximum jail sentence of two years and as much as $10,000 in fines. Defendants convicted on first-degree felony charges may face up to 99 years in prison. The court may also impose up to $250,000 in fines.
The amount and type of drugs the court or jury finds a defendant guilty of distributing may impact the penalties they’re facing.
Are plea deals possible in Texas drug trafficking cases?
Prosecutors often agree to plea deals in drug cases to avoid having to prepare a case or take their chances at trial. Prosecutors also tend to offer lower-level drug defendants plea deals if they have information to provide that might lead to a conviction in a bigger case.
Why you need a defense strategy in your case
Texas law enforcement officers are relentless in tracking down individuals that they suspect of committing drug crimes. Prosecutors are equally aggressive in building and trying cases after police make an arrest.
There may be some mitigating circumstances that can cast some doubt on the prosecution’s case and other defense strategies. It’s wise not to face these charges without an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side.