Plano Drug Trafficking Defense Lawyer
Attorney Fighting Drug Manufacturing and Growing Charges in Collin County
Drug trafficking and drug manufacturing violate several state and federal laws including the Texas Controlled Substances Act. An individual can be found guilty of drug trafficking if he or she distributed or delivered marijuana, heroin, opiates, methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine, or another controlled substance listed in the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Distributing any of these or other illicit substances in Texas is a felony offense that carries harsh penalties including jail time.
Attorney Darlina Crowder and the legal professionals at The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. have over 20 years of experience effectively representing clients accused of drug crimes. Throughout that time, we have helped facilitate more than 250 acquittals and not-guilty verdicts. With our background and knowledge of the law, we are not afraid to stand up and fight to protect your rights when you are facing charges related to drug trafficking or drug manufacturing.
Texas Attorney for Drug Manufacturing Charges
Manufacturing drugs is considered a much more serious crime than drug possession. In order for you to be found guilty of drug manufacturing, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you cultivated or manufactured an illicit substance with the intent to deliver it to others. Texas has some of the strictest drug manufacturing and cultivation laws in the country. The penalties for violating these laws depends on several factors including the type of drug allegedly manufactured, the quantity manufactured or cultivated, how the drug was produced, and the defendant's past criminal convictions.
The sentences for a conviction on drug manufacturing charges can vary extensively. If you are convicted of manufacturing a relatively small amount of an illicit substance, you face 180 days to two years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000. Producing large amounts of an illegal drug can result in a first-degree felony conviction which carries a prison sentence of 15 to 99 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
Drug Trafficking Offenses in Denton County
Like drug manufacturing charges, the severity of penalties associated with a drug trafficking charge depends on the type and amount of drug in question and the defendant's criminal history. Sometimes, a person is charged with drug trafficking or drug distribution even if they never actually distributed the drug. Law enforcement officers in Texas may assume a person intends to distribute illicit substances if they find an amount that is "unreasonable" for personal use. Certain elements increase the likelihood of a drug trafficking charge. They include but are not limited to:
- A large amount of one controlled substance or several controlled substances;
- Unusually large quantities of cash;
- Weapons or guard dogs found along with the illicit substances; and
- Packaging materials, weighing scales, or other equipment used to package and deliver drugs.
Attorney for Drug Charges Filed in Federal Court
While many drug charges are handled at the state level, cases that involve a substantial amount of drugs or the transport of drugs across state lines or international borders may attract the attention of federal agencies like the DEA and the FBI. Any charges that are filed as a result of an investigation by such authorities will most often be prosecuted in federal court. Compared to state charges, federal charges for manufacturing and trafficking carry more severe penalties, including a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison for a first conviction related to the most dangerous controlled substances.
At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., we handle federal drug charges filed in the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas. Our team is equipped to protect your rights during proceedings at the federal courthouses in Plano and Dallas.
Speak with a Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer
To learn more about our firm and our proven approach to drug trafficking and manufacturing charges, contact our office. Call 214-303-9600 to schedule a free consultation and case review today. The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. serves clients in Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, McKinney, Garland, Denton, Frisco, Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County, Tarrant County, and the neighboring areas. Se habla Español.