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Potential penalties for drug trafficking in Texas

On Behalf of | Jul 24, 2022 | Drug Charges

Texas authorities are serious about prosecuting drug traffickers. The geographical location is an open invitation for smuggling across the southern border, and the state serves as an intermediate avenue to drug distribution across the United States. Drug dealers who are operating in multiple states often have an anchor in Texas, and prosecutors know it. This gives them ample incentive to fully prosecute anyone caught with serious amounts of drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine, and opiates. Drug trafficking cases are classified in five separate penalty groups with these particular drugs being in Group I for sentencing purposes.

Incarceration

The primary component of drug crime sentencing is incarceration. Even small amounts of any Group I substance can result in significant jail time. Trafficking 1 gram of a Group I drug can result in a minimum of six months and a maximum of two years incarceration. Larger amounts fall into more significant categories with respect to both incarceration and fines. Trafficking of 1 kilogram, which is approximately 2.2 lbs, can carry up to 10 years imprisonment.

Fines

Those who are convicted on major trafficking drug charges can expect large fines as well, which can be an additional issue following any sentencing rulings. Group I substance convictions can carry up to $4000 in fines with high group classes being subject to up to $10,000. In addition to the assignment of fines, most defendants will have all personal cash confiscated as well when caught with the evidence being used for prosecution.

In addition to the sentencing of fines and incarceration, convicted defendants who are released on parole will have a considerable amount of time to continue reporting to the state until being completely released from supervision. All parole decisions are issued by the state unless the prosecuting attorney objects to the release of any particular defendant based on the material evidence of their case.