Smuggling controlled substances into and through the U.S. across international and state borders can lead to serious felony charges. As a border state, Texas authorities spend a great deal of time, effort, and resources on locating and prosecuting those who violate state and federal laws concerning the importation, transportation, distribution, sales, manufacture, and trafficking in illegal drugs. These drugs, known as controlled substances include street drugs such as cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy, or methamphetamine as well as unauthorized prescription medicines such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and more. Drug smuggling is generally associated with possession of drugs with the intent to sell or distribute or drug trafficking charges.
If you’re facing any charges related to illegal drug smuggling in or around Texas, you can depend on the professionalism and dedication of Hamilton Grant PC. Our firm has 20 years of experience in aggressively defending the rights and interests of clients accused of drug charges.
Drug Smuggling Charges in Texas
Texas maintains a Controlled Substances Act similar to the federal act of the same name. This Act outlines various categories of drugs and the penalties involved in possession with the intent to sell or distribute, or the transportation, importation, manufacture, or trafficking of these drugs. Under this Act, illegal drugs are classified into four groups, based on their degree of danger and addictiveness. Under this Act, you can expect to face penalties based on what kind of drugs you were convicted of smuggling as well as the quantity involved. Repeat offenses generally carry harsher sentences than those convicted for the first time.
If convicted of drug felony charges you may be facing penalties ranging from those of a state jail felony to those of a first degree felony, which is the most serious. Thus, punishments can range from 180 days to two years in a state jail with fines of up to $10,000 or, in the most serious cases, prison terms ranging all the way up to life in prison. Distributing less than a gram for certain drugs will be charged as a state jail felony while distributing more than 400 grams will lead to a first degree felony.
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When facing serious drug charges with harsh consequences, you will want to have confidence in your defense attorney. Your future is at stake and you are entitled to the best criminal defense you can find. As a Texas drug smuggling defense lawyer, our team has a proven track record. Contact our firm to arrange for a consultation to learn more about your case and how it can be defended today.