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Drug Trafficking

With the high stakes involved with any criminal charge, you need an experienced criminal trial attorney by your side. Attorney Shannon Drehner brings her years of experience as a chief felony prosecutor to defend you when you need it most. Don’t wait; contact us today.

Houston Drug Trafficking Lawyer

The Experience and Know-How to Fight Your Charge

Drug trafficking occurs when someone sells, transports, or imports controlled substances. Because the government is staunch in its war on drugs, it zealously pursues individuals suspected of committing the offense. Additionally, prosecutors will seek to have offenders punished to the full extent of the law, which means a person convicted of a crime can spend decades in prison and have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines. Thus, if you were charged with drug trafficking, it’s imperative that you retain legal representation from a Houston drug trafficking lawyer immediately. A skilled drug crime lawyer will know how to attack the state’s accusations against you and can work toward avoiding or minimizing penalties.

For the effective counsel you need, reach out to Drehner Law as soon as possible. Our Houston drug trafficking attorney has an in-depth understanding of Texas’s drug laws. When you hire our Houston criminal defense firm, we will approach your case strategically, pulling from our knowledge as a former prosecutor to build a defense that is tailored to your needs and anticipates the other side’s moves. We will provide the compassionate yet aggressive representation you need throughout your case.

Speak with us about your circumstances during a free consultation by calling 832-626-0063 or submitting an online contact form today.

Potential Drug Trafficking Conviction Penalties in Texas

Under the Texas Health and Safety Code, drug trafficking is always a felony.

Generally, drug trafficking can be charged as:

  • State jail felony, which is punishable by between 180 days and 2 years in state jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000
  • Second-degree felony, which carries a prison sentence of between 2 and 20 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000
  • First-degree felony, punishable by between 5 and 99 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000

In Texas, controlled substances are classified into 4 Penalty Groups, with those in Group 1 being considered the most serious and those in Group 4 the least. The degree of the felony charge depends on the type and amount of controlled substance and under which penalty group it’s classified.

For a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, the charges are as follows:

  • State jail felony: Trafficking of less than 1 gram
  • Second-degree felony: Trafficking of between 1 and 4 grams
  • First-degree felony: Trafficking between 4 and 200 grams

For Penalty Group 1-A drugs, the charges include:

  • State jail felony: Trafficking fewer than 20 units
  • Second-degree felony: Trafficking between 20 and 80 units
  • First-degree felony: Trafficking between 80 and 4,000 units

For controlled substances in Penalty Groups 2 and 2-A, the charges include:

  • State jail felony: Trafficking less than 1 gram
  • Second-degree felony: Trafficking between 1 and 4 grams
  • First-degree felony: Trafficking between 4 and 400 grams

For drugs in Penalty Groups 3 and 4, the charges are as follows:

  • State jail felony: Trafficking less than 28 grams
  • Second-degree felony: Trafficking between 28 and 200 grams
  • First-degree felony: Trafficking between 200 and 400 grams

For all Penalty Groups, if a person is convicted of trafficking a controlled substance in an amount greater than that for a first-degree felony charge, they could be sentenced to between 10 and 99 years’ imprisonment. Additionally, they could face a fine ranging from $100,000 to $250,000, which depends on the Penalty Group of the drug they allegedly trafficked.

Drug Trafficking Attorney Houston

At Drehner Law, our Houston drug trafficking lawyer understands how frightening and stressful it can be to face penalties as harsh as those for drug trafficking. That is why we will work tirelessly toward a favorable outcome on your behalf. Contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION!

We will focus on your best interests as we challenge the accusations made against you. Contact our Houston attorney at 832-626-0063 or online today.