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Category: Drug Crimes

Nov 1
2018

What Makes Drug Trafficking in Texas into a Federal Case?

Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

Because any drug crime can technically be made into a federal case, it’s important to know when the federal government is interested making it one.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at some examples of trafficking and go over the reasons why feds have taken an interest in these specific cases.

Our goal is to help you understand why your drug trafficking offense may be charged at the federal level instead of at the state level here in Texas – but first we’re going to talk a bit about trafficking in general.

Defining Drug Trafficking – in Texas and Beyond

Drug trafficking is most simply defined as the crime of unlawful importing, transporting, or selling of illegal [...]

Sep 27
2018

Searched for Drugs on Texas Public Transportation – Is This Legal?

Drug Crimes | Search and Seizure

If a police officer pulls you over in a traffic stop, they may ask to search your vehicle, but you have the right to say no – which you should exercise, whether or not you feel a search could yield incriminating evidence.

This is because law enforcement officers have a right to search you or your property only if there is reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime, known as probable cause, or if they have obtained a warrant from a judge. This is part of your Fourth Amendment rights.

However, although the Fourth Amendment is a right for all US citizens, it does have its limitations.

For example, under certain circumstances you can be searched on modes of [...]

Aug 30
2018

What Every Texan Should Know about Drug-Free Zones

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Drug-Free Zones

There are many factors that go into charges and penalties for Texas drug crimes. Unfortunately, not all of these factors are fair to the offender.

How so? There are many laws throughout Texas and the country at large that purposely and unfairly increase the penalties against people accused of using or dealing drugs.

One of the first and most notorious of these laws established “drug-free zones.” These laws still exist today, and if you are charged with committing drug crimes in these areas, you could face especially harsh penalties if you don’t get in touch with a knowledgeable lawyer quickly.

What Are Drug-Free Zones?

Drug-free zones are one part of the country’s notorious and failed attempt at a “War on [...]

Jul 19
2018

What the 20 Charged in West Texas Drug Trafficking Ring are Up against

Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

In June, law enforcement agencies throughout Terry County and Lubbock County raided over a dozen locations to bust a major drug trafficking ring in West Texas. The raids were an effort headed by federal and state police to catch over a dozen individuals who had been involved in a conspiracy since January to move drugs. During the raid, police seized a pound of cocaine and five pounds of marijuana. Firearms and vehicles were also taken.

Some of the individuals involved in the ring were already being held in jail for state charges. Collectively, 20 people were charged with the following federal crimes:

  • conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana
  • distribution and possession with intent
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May 23
2018

Penalties Associated with Texas Drug Possession Charges

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession

If you are facing drug possession charges in Texas, you need to know the penalties you may be facing. Below, we will cover what the law says, the associated penalties, and possible defenses for your charges.

Texas Drug Possession Laws

The Texas Controlled Substances Act assigns penalties according to the type and amount of drug involved. Drugs are classified into four groups, based on their ability to cause addiction and their medical value. Penalties are given according to the penalty group.

Penalties for Group 1:

  • Less than one gram: minimum 180 days in jail or maximum two years in prison, maximum fine of $10,000, or both
  • Between one gram and four grams: between two and ten years in prison,
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May 17
2018

How Possession Can Be Charged as Drug Trafficking in Texas

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Drug Trafficking

 

In Texas, you can be charged with drug trafficking even if you have never transported or distributed drugs. Below, we’re going to detail how our state’s drug trafficking and possession laws, and what you can do to fight back against your charges.

Factors that Indicate Drug Trafficking

Law enforcement officers in Texas consider several different elements when making drug trafficking charges. Here are several elements that come into play:

  • Large amount of a single drug
  • Large amount of a variety of different drugs
  • Lack of prescriptions for drugs
  • A significant amount of cash
  • A cache of weapons
  • Weighing scales and packaging materials

The main element is an amount that is “unreasonable” for personal use. Depending on the drug, [...]

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