Texas Drug Trafficking Laws
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Being charged with a drug trafficking offense in Texas means facing serious penalties. A conviction for drug trafficking can result in years in prison and even hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. It is in your best interest to seek legal representation from an experienced lawyer.
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Drug Trafficking Penalties
Drug trafficking, also known as delivering or distributing illicit drugs, is a violation of the Texas Controlled Substances Act. An individual may be found guilty of drug trafficking if he or she is proven to have knowingly delivered a controlled substance in any of the four groups of drugs defined and listed in the act.
The following is a breakdown of drugs listed in the Texas Controlled Substances Act:
- Penalty Group 1 – Cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and opiates
- Penalty Group 1A – LSD
- Penalty Group 2 – Hallucinogens other than LSD
- Penalty Group 3 – Pentobarbital and barbituric acid
- Penalty Group 4 – Narcotics
The factors that influence sentencing include the amount of the drug being delivered or distributed and the type of drug. In Texas, drug trafficking is typically considered a felony offense, ranging from a state jail felony—punishable by a state jail sentence between 180 days and two years, as well as a fine of up to $10,000—to a first-degree felony—resulting in a lifetime imprisonment term and a fine of up to $250,000.
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