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Representing Distribution & Trafficking Charges in TX

Drug trafficking is covered under Section 481.112 – 481.114 of the Texas Controlled Substance Act. Trafficking is otherwise referred to as: Manufacture or Delivery of Substance, an offense which is arranged according to what penalty group the drug falls into – Penalty Groups 1 through 4. Drug trafficking is charged when an individual delivered a controlled substance.

If you are facing charges for drug trafficking, contact us to discuss your options today!

Penalty Groups in Texas

  • Penalty 1 Group includes cocaine, heroin, opium, meth, Rohypnol, ketamine, GHB, and more.
  • Penalty Group 2 include hallucinogens
  • Penalty Group 3 includes Peyote, Phenmetrazine, amobarbital, Methylphenidate, and others
  • Penalty Group 4 include narcotics with a non-narcotic active medical ingredient

Texas Drug Trafficking & Distribution Laws

When a person commits the offense of trafficking, it can be prosecuted as a state jail felony, a second degree felony or a first degree felony. The sentencing and fines all depend upon the penalty group the drug is in, and the quantity of the drug. Under Texas law, drug trafficking or distribution is considered a felony offense. There are a wide variety of penalties that may be imposed from these offenses.

Penalty 1 & 1-A

  • State Jail Felony
    • Units: <20
    • Prison: 180 days - 2 years
    • Fine: Up to $10,000
  • Second Degree Felony
    • Units: 20 - 80
    • Prison: 2 - 20 years
    • Fine: Up to $10,000
  • First Degree Felony
    • Units: 80 - 4,000
    • Prison: 5 - 99 years
    • Fine: Up to $10,000
  • Life Felony
    • Units: >4,000
    • Prison: 15 - 99 years
    • Fine: Up to $250,000

Penalty 2 & 2-A

  • State Jail Felony
    • Grams: <1 g
    • Prison: 180 days - 2 years
    • Fine: Up to $10,000
  • Second Degree Felony
    • Grams: 1 - 4 g
    • Prison: 2 - 20 years
    • Fine: Up to $10,000
  • First Degree Felony
    • Grams: 4 - 400 g
    • Prison: 5 - 99 years
    • Fine: Up to $10,000
  • Life Felony
    • Grams: >400 g
    • Prison: 10 - 99 years
    • Fine: Up to $100,000

Penalty 3 & 4

  • State Jail Felony
    • Grams: <28 g
    • Prison: 180 days - 2 years
    • Fine: Up to $10,000
  • Second Degree Felony
    • Grams: 28 - 200 g
    • Prison: 2 - 20 years
    • Fine: Up to $10,000
  • First Degree Felony
    • Grams: 200 - 400 g
    • Prison: 5 - 99 years
    • Fine: Up to $10,000
  • Life Felony
    • Grams: > 400 g
    • Prison: 10 - 99 years
    • Fine: Up to $100,000

Drug Trafficking: Defenses

You can be found guilty of drug trafficking if the state can prove that you knowingly delivered a controlled substance in any one of the four groups of controlled substances as defined under the Texas Controlled Substances Act. However, just because you were arrested for this crime, it doesn't mean that you had knowledge that you were transporting or delivering drugs. Lacking knowledge, or believing you were transporting something else, or being under duress are all valid defenses to drug trafficking charges.

If you were arrested for trafficking drugs or any other drug offense, you are urged to contact a Houston drug crime lawyer from Guy L. Womack & Associates, P.C. to discuss what types of aggressive strategies they would employ in your defense.

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