DRUG TRAFFICKING DEFINITION
Drug trafficking is the sale, distribution, manufacturing, or delivery of controlled substances or illegal drugs and is a violation of both state and federal law. It is also a violation to possess a large amount of drugs with the intent to deliver the drugs at a later date. Both delivery and the possession with intent to deliver carry enhanced penalties that are very severe.
When an offender makes the smart decision to hire an attorney for the arraignment, an attorney has already counseled his client on his/her options. Specifically, should he/she plea guilty, not guilty, or no contest?
DEFENSES AGAINST COMMON MOTIONS TO REVOKE PROBATION
Controlled substances and drugs that are frequently the subject of drug trafficking indictments include:
Marijuana, Cocaine, and Heroin
Meth, methamphetamine or crystal meth
LSD and Ecstasy
Prescription drugs including Oxycodone and Oxycontin
DRUG TRAFFICKING DEFENSES
If you’ve been charged with drug trafficking, don’t think all hope is lost. Fort Worth drug crime attorney Justin Sparks will challenge the prosecution of these cases on several grounds:
Not knowing you were in possession and transporting an illegal drug
Believing you were transporting something other than an illegal drug
Being forced to transport illegal drugs by threats against you or your family
The police did not have a reasonable basis to stop and search you
The warrant was defective, making the search and arrest illegal
While there are several drug trafficking defenses, a winning strategy is difficult unless you have an experienced criminal defense attorney to counsel you and help you confront the drug task forces and the DEA.
Justin was my lawyer for a case I had with Tarrant County. He was very responsive, professional, and helped us sooo much! I ended up having everything dismissed. Definitely highly recommend!
- Payton R.
I cannot say enough good things about this law firm! They took care of me and immediately started working my case. They knew exactly what to do as soon as I told them my story.
- Alana B.
FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES
If you are arrested in Dallas or Fort Worth, you may be facing a trial in a federal court, with a federal judge and prosecutor, backed by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) if any of the following factors are present:
A large amount of drugs is involved
The crime involves activity in multiple states or countries
There is an indication of organized criminal or gang activity
The decision of the federal prosecutor
At the time of an arraignment, which normally occurs within 72 hours of an arrest, the Fort Worth judge or magistrate will explain the charges against you as well as the options you have.
Federal prosecutors often offer drug trafficking offenders a plea deal of a lesser sentence in exchange for more information about drug movement. It is in your best interest to have an attorney with you to choose the correct way to proceed. Notably, if you enter a case without an experienced attorney and wait too long to make a decision, certain options may no longer be available to you.
CONSEQUENCES FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
The consequences for a drug trafficking charge depend on the type of drug and the amount of illegal substance. Fines can range from $25,000 to $500,000 and jail time can be from three years to 25 years. The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration outlines the penalties for drug trafficking per drug type and amount.
Unfortunately, state and federal laws are designed to penalize and not rehabilitate. You can enter a plea to a single transaction but then be sentenced based on every transaction. If you are convicted in Federal court, you are sentenced based on the conduct alleged in the indictment and also all relevant conduct.
All convictions are reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and become a public record viewable by employers and others. Individuals convicted of drug trafficking generally serve a prison sentence , then have very limited employment prospects upon release with this on their record.
Because of the severe consequences arising from a drug-related convictions, it is imperative that you obtain the services of a competent drug crime lawyer to handle your case.