Dallas Drug Trafficking Attorneys
Fighting Federal Trafficking in Controlled Substances Charges
The federal government harshly pursues anyone contributing to the distribution of drugs. If you have been accused of trafficking drugs, federal agents will conduct a lengthy investigation, and federal prosecutors will do what it takes to seek a conviction. Being found guilty can upend your life and make it difficult to re-enter society. Not only will you be facing decades of incarceration and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, but you also will be subject to several collateral consequences that limit your ability to take advantage of various opportunities. For instance, you might be denied employment or disqualified from government benefits because you were convicted of a federal drug crime.
When you are facing serious accusations and severe penalties, you need a lawyer on your side ready to go up against the federal government and challenge the allegations against you. At Deandra Grant Law, our Dallas drug trafficking lawyers can level the playing field for you. We are experienced, skilled, and trial-tested. We leverage our vast knowledge and resources to uncover the truth and build an aggressive defense on your behalf.
What Is Drug Trafficking?
Under 21 U.S.C. § 841, drug trafficking involves unlawfully distributing, transporting, or possessing with intent to distribute or transport controlled or counterfeit substances. The offense is distinct from simple possession or sales in that it typically involves large quantities of drugs. Additionally, agents may have found evidence such as packaging supplies, large amounts of cash, and sales records suggesting that the substances were being created or packaged for mass distribution.
What Are the Penalties for Federal Drug Trafficking?
Federal drug trafficking penalties include incarceration and/or fines. Several variables determine the length of imprisonment and the amount of the fine. Two such factors that go into sentencing decisions include the type and the amount of the drug.
The federal government places drugs into separate schedules. Substances are put into in these schedules based on their accepted medical use (if any), the potential for abuse, and the likelihood of causing physical and/or psychological dependence. Schedule I drugs are considered the most serious substances and Schedule V the least. Thus, a person convicted of a drug trafficking crime involving a Schedule I drug may face more serious penalties than if the offense involved a Schedule V drug. Additionally, the more of the substance they had, the greater the term of imprisonment and fine.
Below are some of the potential conviction penalties for specific drug trafficking offenses:
- 10 years to life imprisonment and/or up to $10,000,000 in fines for trafficking in:
- 1 kilogram or more of a mixture containing heroin,
- 5 kilograms or more of a mixture containing cocaine,
- 100 grams or more of PCP,
- 10 grams or more of a mixture containing LSD,
- 1,000 kilograms or more of a mixture containing marijuana, or
- 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
- 5 to 40 years of imprisonment and/or up to $5,000,000 in fines for trafficking in:
- 100 grams or more of a mixture containing heroin,
- 500 grams or more of a mixture containing cocaine,
- 10 grams or more of PCP,
- 1 gram or more of a mixture containing LSD,
- 100 kilograms or more of a mixture containing marijuana, or
- 5 grams or more of methamphetamine
- Up to 20 years of imprisonment and/or up to $1,000,000 in fines for trafficking in:
- A Schedule I or II controlled substance
- Up to 10 years of imprisonment and/or up to $500,000 in fines for trafficking in:
- A Schedule III controlled substance
- Up to 5 years of imprisonment and/or up to $250,000 in fines for trafficking in:
- A Schedule IV controlled substance,
- Less than 50 kilograms of marijuana,
- 50 or more marijuana plants,
- 10 kilograms of hashish, or
- 1 kilogram of hashish oil
- Up to 1 year of imprisonment and/or up to $100,000 in fines for trafficking in:
- A Schedule V controlled substance
The penalties listed above are for a first violation. Subsequent offenses or crimes resulting in serious bodily injury or death have greater punishments.
When facing such severe sanctions, it is vital to have a lawyer fighting to protect your future. At Deandra Grant Law, our drug trafficking attorneys in Dallas will work toward obtaining a favorable outcome for you.
Defend Against Your Federal Drug Trafficking Charge
Fighting accusations of trafficking in controlled substances takes thorough preparation. Our team is ready to review all the evidence and conduct our own investigation to develop a strategic defense for your case.
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