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Category: Drug Crimes

Jul 13
2019

Mandatory Minimums for Texas Drug Trafficking Convictions?

Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

In Texas, sentencing for drug trafficking crimes at the state level is still left up to the discretion of the judge who hears your case.

Based on criminal history and any mitigating or aggravating factors, the right Ft. Worth drug trafficking defense attorney may be able to negotiate your sentence down to the lower end of the penalty range.

Cross state lines with any significant amount of a controlled substance, however, and your case may quickly become one of federal interest. Although key changes to drug laws may be happening in the near future, Texas drug trafficking convictions are still subject to mandatory minimums today.

In this post, we share what those new statutes say, explain how mandatory minimums for [...]

May 26
2019

How Texas Penalty Groups Impact Drug Possession Charges

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession

According to the Texas Controlled Substances Act, when a prosecutor can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you intentionally possessed or controlled the possession of illicit drugs without a valid prescription and not for medical use, you will likely be convicted on drug possession charges.

Generally, drugs are divided into five penalty groups – Penalty Groups 1 through 4, and a separate grouping for possession of marijuana appropriately deemed the “Marijuana Group.” Which group “your” substance falls into can impact the drug charges you face.

In this post, we outline which substances fall under each Texas drug penalty group, and how classification can affect your drug possession charges.

Penalty Group 1

When you are found guilty of possessing any controlled [...]

Apr 19
2019

When Prescription Drugs Can Get You Charged with a Crime in Texas

Drug Crimes | Prescription Drugs

When we think of “drugs,” we typically think of two types: controlled substances (illegal drugs like marijuana and cocaine) and prescription drugs.

In the eyes of the law, these two types of drugs aren’t always so different. There are many scenarios where people can be arrested and charged with a crime even if they are caught with drugs that you can get from a health professional.

Moreover, charges related to prescription drugs can be just as serious as charges related to drugs typically considered more “serious.”

How might you potentially get charged with a crime related to a prescription drug in Texas?

Texas Possession Laws and Prescription Drugs

A handful of prescription drugs double as serious controlled substances. Having these [...]

Mar 1
2019

Actions That Texas Considers Drug Trafficking

Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that drug trafficking constitutes 1 in every 5 drug-related arrests made in the United States. Texas is no exception to this, as drug trafficking is quite common here.

In fact, parts of the Lone Star State have been described as High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, and the DOJ reports that the Texas-Mexico border is extensively used by Drug Trafficking Organizations to bring illicit drugs into the U.S.

Partially because of this, Texas courts don’t take drug trafficking charges lightly. Sentencing guidelines for drug trafficking crimes are outlined in sections 481.112, 481.113, 481.1121, and 481.114 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. If found guilty, one may be served with the following sentences:

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Jan 23
2019

How Long Do Drug Trafficking Investigations Take in Texas?

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Drug Trafficking

The short answer: It varies, but more likely than not, a long time.

Take for instance an operation finally shut down last month involving drug traffickers with Mexican cartel ties. The Star Telegram reported that federal, state, and local authorities investigated nearly five years before finally moving in on a ring distributing narcotics in North Texas.

Thirteen suspects were arrested after FBI agents raided a home just across the street from an elementary school in Grand Prairie and seized 380 grams of heroin, five kilograms of meth, and a shotgun. In conjunction with the same investigation, seven weapons and cocaine were being discovered and seized from two other locations in Dallas at the same time.

If the suspects are convicted, [...]

Dec 27
2018

Get Convicted of a Texas Drug Crime, Face Deportation

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Drug Trafficking

Within days of his 2017 inauguration, the President had already drawn up and signed an executive order to strengthen the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws targeting immigrants deemed a threat to public safety, and particularly “aliens who engage in criminal conduct in the United States.”

Houston Public Media reported less than a month later that 680 arrests were made during raids within a single week, and that 75 percent of the detainees had convictions – including convictions on drug-related offenses. U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio confirmed around the same time that ICE agents across Texas were conducting these targeted raids.

All of them fall under the ongoing domestic operation known as Operation Cross Check, which was originally [...]

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