Houston Drug Sales Lawyer
Charged with the Sale of Narcotics in Texas?
There are several different drug crimes, such as cultivation, distribution, sale, manufacturing, possession and trafficking. At the Guy L. Womack & Associates, P.C., they routinely defend individuals who have been charged with these crimes, either in state of federal court.
Federal and state crimes are tried in completely different court systems, and carry different penalties. While the firm represents the accused in both types of cases, it's important to know that they have the experience and knowledge required to be effective in defending drug crime cases filed in either state or federal court.
If you are facing federal charges, contact a Houston drug sales lawyer from our firm today!
Federal Sale of Narcotic in Texas
Convictions for the sale of narcotics will be harsher at the federal level, so you will need the best defense possible. The conviction rate in federal court is at about 85%. Don't be railroaded. Narcotics include Schedule I and II substances including LSD, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, ecstasy and prescription drugs.
Texas Penalties for Drug Sales
Penalties will be based upon the type of drug, the quantity of the substance, whether the sale occurred in or near school grounds, and whether the offender has a prior criminal record. Sentencing can range from 1 year to as long as a life sentence. There are mandatory penalties for some crimes, as long as 5 years. You also run the risk of having some or all of your assets seized and forfeited, as well as losing your legal right to drive.
According to Texas law, drug penalties are based on the weight of drugs. Drugs can be divided into penalty groups with the goal of determining what felony and punishment will be charged.
For penalty group 1 (PG1) drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, etc., the penalty range includes:
- < 1 gram: state jail felony; penalties include up to 2 years in jail & up to $10,000 in fines
- 1-4 grams: 2nd degree felony; penalties include 2-20 years & up to $10,00 in fines
- 4-200 grams: 1st degree felony; penalties include 5-99 years & up to $10,000 in fines
- 200-400 grams: 1st degree enhanced felony; penalties include 10-99 years in prison & up to $100,000 in fines
- 400 grams or more: 1st degree enhanced felony; penalties include life in prison or 15-99 years & up to $250,000 in fines
Quality Representation for Drug Sales Charges in Houston, TX
Successfully defending the charge of drug sales requires an astute investigation into the facts of the case. The drugs that were seized may provide incriminating evidence against you, but there can also be violations committed by law enforcement in the process of seizing those drugs that damage the prosecutor's case significantly. Knowing what to look for is one of the hallmarks of the firm's ability to successfully defend against narcotics charges.
Contact us right away for the quality representation you need with our Houston drug sales attorneys to fight for a favorable outcome at trial.
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