Arrested For Drug Trafficking?
Across the United States, the average citizen easily distinguishes between possession of drugs for personal use and selling drugs for profit. Hardcore prosecutors in Federal court and in Texas love to raise their voices demanding lengthy prison sentences for persons accused of drug trafficking, sale, distribution, or possessing with the intent to distribute drugs. The sentencing provisions in both Federal court and Texas courts share the same formula: the more drugs – the more prison time.
Penalties For Drug Trafficking in Texas
Drugs are classified into schedules, factoring in medicinal use, addictive nature, and capacity for abuse. Heroin, Crystal Meth, and Cocaine are commonly prosecuted illicit drugs. With a significant rise in fatal overdoses due to illegal trade and trafficking of prescription medication, both Federal and Texas state law enforcement agencies target distribution rings as well as individuals making street sales. Mandatory minimum prison sentences exist at both the Federal and Texas state courts depending on the particular drug and its weight. Significantly, persons charged in Federal court can face mandatory minimum prison sentences when the actual weight seized is less than the amount designated by the statute if proof exists that relevant conduct attributable to the accused puts it over that minimum amount. A situation like that is exactly why a veteran criminal defense lawyer with experience as a prosecutor, and not afraid of the courtroom, can make the difference.
Your Best Defense For A Drug Trafficking Charge
Criminal Defense Attorney Paul Schiffer, with over 40 years of combined experience as a former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, knows how prosecutors build cases. That enables him to look for weaknesses and to build a defense to exploit them. Possible defenses may be the illegality of the initial traffic stop, the taking of a confession, the sufficiency of the evidence / how the drugs are linked to you, duress, entrapment, mistaken identity, wrong place wrong time, etc.
While the accusation of being a drug dealer is bad enough, being convicted of sales, distributing, or trafficking of drugs is infinitely worse. The life altering consequences of a conviction are mind numbing, potentially including lengthy prison sentences, hefty fines, and possible forfeiture of everything you own.
Experience and knowledge are the most effective weapons in the courtroom to have your case dismissed, charges reduced, or successfully tried to a jury. With 40 years of experience as a persuasive drug crimes defense attorney and former prosecutor in Houston, Texas, I will fight aggressively to get the best results for you. Call me today at 713-521-0059 for a free case evaluation.