The sale of illegal drugs and controlled substances is also called drug trafficking, which can also include manufacturing, delivering, and importing or exporting drugs across state lines as well as within the state itself. The drugs themselves can include prescription drugs, medications without prescriptions, narcotics, street drugs, hallucinogens, stimulants, depressants, and more.
Typically, a person convicted for the sale and/or distribution of illegal drugs will face harsher penalties than drug possession, but that will depend upon the amount of drugs that are alleged to have been in your possession, or under your control. A large amount would indicate a possible intention to sell the drugs, and this will be assumed to be the case. Penalties increase for illegal drug activity near schools or churches. Any conviction, however, can result in jail or prison time, fines and a criminal record. If you have been charged with the illegal sale of drugs, contact a Texas criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You do not want to face these charges alone or be represented by anyone other than a top quality, proven criminal attorney.
Penalties for trafficking drugs range from 180 days in jail to as much as life in prison, with fines ranging from a few thousand up to $250,000. You could end up with a felony criminal record, which will make your life very difficult, after you have served your sentence. A criminal record will reduce your options for employment, schooling and restrictions on some basic rights of a U.S. citizen.
Choosing your defense attorney could be the most important decision of your life.
The laws covering drug crimes and their punishments can be very complex. If you have been arrested, you will need a very knowledgeable lawyer who has the intelligence and insight to identify the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case that can result in an acquittal, dismissal or reduction of charges or a lesser sentence or alternatives to incarceration. Contact Hamilton Grant PC to protect your rights.