Texas comes down hard on drug crime offenders, and drug trafficking is an especially serious charge. Someone is charged with drug delivery if they knowingly distribute, sell, and/or traffic controlled substances. Even possession with intent to deliver can be sentenced as drug trafficking. For such serious penalties, you need hard-hitting defense. Our Texas drug crime attorney can provide the tenacious representation you need.
You Cannot Afford to Be Convicted of a Felony
The severity of the punishments depend on the type of drug, and how much is present at the time of the arrest. The very least charge of drug delivery is still a felony charge, however. What this means is that even after you have finished serving your sentence, your life will still be affected. Life as a convicted felon can make it very hard to get a loan, land a job, or find a place to live. Potential employers, landlords, and bankers can all look at your personal record. If a felony is branded on your record, your opportunities in life significantly diminish. This is not something you ever want to face. Below are the further penalties you would face if convicted of drug trafficking. It is no exaggeration to say these consequences are extremely grave and can even ruin your life.
Trafficking Penalty Group 1 Controlled Substances
The harshest penalties fall on drug offenses that involve this list of illegal drugs. Penalty Group 1 substances include cocaine and heroin. Even a fractional amount of one of these substances can land you in jail. The severity of the charge varies according to the amount you are charged with delivering:
- Less than 1 gram (that is about 0.04 ounces) is a state jail felony offense. The minimum sentence is 180 days in jail and can be as much as 2 years. There can also be fines of up to $10,000.
- 1 gram or but less than 4 grams is a second degree felony, which entails 2 to 20 years in prison. On top of this, you can still be fined up to $10,000.
- 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams (which is 7 ounces) is first degree felony. Delivering less than a half pound of these controlled substances is enough to land you in prison for a life sentence. If the punishment is not a life sentence, then the minimum penalty is 5 years in prison, and this can go up to 99 years. There can also be up to $10,000 in fines.
- 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams is a first degree felony with the minimum sentence increased to 10 years in prison. Fines could go up to $100,000. Four hundred grams is less than a pound, only 14.1 ounces.
- 400 grams or more means the minimum sentence is bumped up to 15 years, and there can be up to $250,000 in fines.
Delivery of Penalty Group 2 Controlled Substances
These illegal substances include such drugs as ecstasy, which is also known as MDMA. Even distributing a trace amount of such a substance can land you in jail. Penalties depend on how much you are charged with trafficking:
- Less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 2 substance is a state jail felony. This means you could receive a sentence of anywhere from 180 days to 2 full years in jail. According to the discretion of the judge, you could also be fined up to $10,000.
- 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams is already second degree felony. Delivering less than 0.14 ounces can land you in prison for at least 2 years, and up to 20 years. There can also be up to $10,000 in fines.
- 4 grams or more but less than 400 grams is a first degree felony offense. You could get a life sentence, or 5 to 99 years in prison. You can still be fined up to $10,000.
- 400 grams or more is a first degree felony where the minimum sentence is moved up to a 10-year prison sentence. Fines can be as high as $100,000.
Distribution of Penalty Group 3 or 4 Controlled Substances
Even those these illicit drugs are not sentenced quite as heavily as the above penalty groups, delivery of less than an ounce of these controlled substances is still a serious offense. The punishment is based on the amount you are charged with selling:
- Less than 28 grams (this is about 0.99 ounces) is a state jail felony. The least charge of delivering a penalty group 3 or 4 substance means you face 180 days up to 2 years in jail, plus up to $10,000 in fines.
- 28 grams or more but less than 200 grams is second degree felony offense. This carries up 2 to 20 years in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines.
- 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams is still less than a pound of a controlled substance, and is a first degree felony. You could face a 5 to 99 years’ prison sentence, or even a life sentence. The maximum fine is still $10,000.
- 400 grams or more is a first degree felony offense where you face at least 10 years in prison, and up to $100,000 in fines.
Trafficking marijuana, or marihuana, does not fall into any of these categories and is sentenced differently. Nonetheless, whatever the charge you are confronted with, you are looking at years in jail in prison, hefty fines, and a stain on your record. This is a time where you need sterling legal defense.
Texas Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney Ready to Battle for You
At Hamilton Grant PC, we are dedicated to providing excellent representation for all our clients. We fight to ensure that our clients receive a fair trial, and we strive to achieve optimal results in every case. Deeply committed to justice, we know what harsh penalties could befall those who are mistakenly charged with drug trafficking. We never want to see that happen. To fight against this, we have decades of experience and outstanding legal ability to bring to the table. You cannot afford delay when the rest of your life is on the line. If you want to learn what we can do for you, do not hesitate to contact our firm today!