Winning defense strategies for serious drug charges
Drug distribution or trafficking not only applies to illegal controlled dangerous substances; it also applies to the illegal distribution of prescription drugs. More serious than a charge of drug possession, drug trafficking is considered a felony. If you or a loved one are facing a drug trafficking charge, it is important to understand your rights as well as Texas drug laws. The skilled Texas drug defense attorneys at the Law Office of Kyle Whitaker in Fort Worth & Southlake are experienced in fighting drug charges, including drug possession and drug trafficking. We fight aggressively to protect your rights and your future.
Understanding drug trafficking
Drug trafficking and distribution laws apply to transporting, selling, delivering, providing, or illegally importing dangerous controlled substances, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and marijuana. Laws for drug distribution also apply to prescription drugs such as sleeping pills, pain killers, pharmaceutical opiates, and hydrocodone products. In some situations, an individual who is in possession of illegal drugs can be charged with drug distribution if it is determined that they had intent to distribute the illegal substance.
Laws for drug trafficking and distribution
Both state and federal laws apply in drug trafficking cases. In Texas, distributing or delivering illegal drugs is a violation of the Texas Controlled Substances Act. If an individual is proven to have knowingly delivered a drug that is classified as an illegal controlled dangerous substance in the state of Texas, they can be charged with drug trafficking. Controlled dangerous substances are categorized into different classifications or “schedules” according to federal and state statutes. Drugs include marijuana, cocaine, and anabolic steroids in addition to cough medicine that contains low levels of codeine.
Penalties for drug trafficking
Texas has strict laws for drug trafficking/distribution and the offense is considered a felony. Penalties vary depending upon several factors, including:
- the type of substance involved
- the amount of the drug involved
- the geographic location for distribution
- whether children were targeted
- whether the defendant has a criminal history
Penalties depend upon whether the charge is considered a state jail felony or a first degree felony, and can range from three years in prison and a substantial fine, to life imprisonment.
If you are facing drug trafficking charges, contact our Texas drug defense lawyers today
If you or a loved one has been charged with drug trafficking and distribution in the state of Texas, it is important you take this situation seriously. Enlist the counsel of an experienced drug trafficking attorney immediately. The Texas drug defense team at the Law Office of Kyle Whitaker in Fort Worth & Southlake are skilled, dedicated, and experienced in Texas drug trafficking cases. We advocate for our clients and pursue the best possible outcome in each case. Do not try to defend yourself against these charges. Contact our office today at 817-332-7703 or contact us online and make an appointment for a free consultation to discuss your case.