Many of the drugs that end up in major cities and small towns in the U.S. have origins south of the border. Texas is generally the gateway through which drugs enter this country. This, understandably, explains why a significant number of drug trafficking arrests occur here in the Lone Star State.
Sentencing guidelines come down hard on those convicted of drug smuggling or trafficking in this state. Knowing the potential punishments you face can help you make informed decisions about your defense.
What are the drug trafficking sentencing guidelines in Texas?
Drug trafficking or smuggling is a felony offense in Texas. The periods of incarceration associated with this crime can range from 180 days to two years for a low-level felony, and between 15 and 99 years for a first-degree one. The related fines that the court may impose could range between $10,000 and $250,000 — per offense.
The court will generally consider the kind and amount of the drug involved when weighing what type of sentence to impose.
Why should the sentencing guidelines matter to you?
Crime investigators and prosecutors have seemingly endless investigative and financial resources to narrow in on suspects and prosecute defendants. It can be intimidating thinking about the prospect of having to refute evidence amassed by investigators and allegations by prosecutors.
Your ability to remain free is contingent upon you doing so — and on a solid defense. Every drug trafficking case is different, so don’t assume that you have no good options. Learn as much as you can about your rights, your case and your possible angles of defense.