Texas Federal Drug Conspiracy Attorney
Defending Clients Charged with Federal Drug Conspiracy in Texas and throughout the US
Offenses related to controlled substances are taken very seriously in Texas. In addition to facing state charges for offenses such as drug possession or drug manufacturing and trafficking, a person may be charged with federal crimes if an offense allegedly involved large amounts of illegal drugs or affected people in multiple jurisdictions. In fact, a person may face federal drug charges even if they were not directly involved in manufacturing, selling, or distributing controlled substances. Drug conspiracy charges may apply if a person was allegedly involved in the drug trade or profited from drug-related offenses.
Charges related to drug trafficking are some of the most serious federal offenses a person can face in Texas. If convicted, defendants may be subject to hefty fines and long periods of incarceration. The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. can provide representation in these cases, and our experienced criminal defense attorneys can ensure that those who are accused of drug conspiracy charges can mount a successful defense. We work with our clients to determine whether charges may be reduced or dismissed, and we provide effective representation in federal courts, ensuring that their rights are protected during every stage of a criminal case.
Offenses That May Result in Federal Drug Conspiracy Charges in Texas
Under federal law (21 U.S.C. § 846), anyone who attempts or conspires to commit a federal drug crime may face drug conspiracy charges, and if convicted, they will face the same penalties that would apply for the offense(s) in question. This means that if a person was allegedly involved in planning drug-related offenses, profited from the sale of controlled substances, or took other actions to further drug manufacturing, distribution, or trafficking, they may face the same charges as if they had actually committed those offenses.
Federal crimes that could potentially result in drug conspiracy charges may include:
- Simple possession - A person who possesses controlled substances without legal authorization may face federal charges in some cases. Conspiracy charges may apply if a person aids someone else in possessing controlled substances, such as by making plans to steal drugs from a pharmacy. This offense may result in a sentence of up to one year for a first offense, 15 days to two years for a second offense, and 90 days to three years for a third or subsequent offense.
- Drug manufacturing or distribution - Federal charges may apply if a person is accused of manufacturing drugs, dispensing or distributing controlled substances, or possessing drugs with the intent to distribute them to others. A person may face conspiracy charges if they engaged in any activities related to these offenses, such as supplying a person with equipment used to manufacture drugs. The specific charges in these cases will depend on the types and amounts of drugs involved. For example, distribution of at least one kilogram of heroin or five kilograms of cocaine will result in a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.
- Continuing criminal enterprise - This charge may apply if a person allegedly commits a felony drug offense that is part of a continuing series of violations of federal drug laws committed alongside at least five other people, and they act as an organizer or supervisor and obtain substantial income or financial resources from these activities. Making plans to engage in these types of activities may result in conspiracy charges, and if a person is convicted, they may be sentenced to between 20 years and life in prison.
- Investment of illicit drug profits - A person may face federal charges if they receive any income that was the direct or indirect result of federal drug crimes that are classified as felonies. Federal drug conspiracy charges may apply based on plans to receive profits from the distribution or sale of drugs. A conviction on these charges may result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
- Maintaining drug-involved premises - Managing, operating, renting, leasing, or otherwise using a building or property for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing, storing, or using controlled substances is a federal offense, and conspiracy charges may apply if a person is accused of knowingly allowing property they own or control to be used for these purposes. This offense may be punished by up to 20 years in prison.
- Drug paraphernalia - Selling, transporting, distributing, importing, or exporting equipment or products that are used to manufacture, process, package, or use controlled substances may result in federal charges. Conspiracy charges may also apply if a person was involved in a business or otherwise earned profits from the distribution or sale of drug paraphernalia. A conviction for this offense may result in a sentence of up to three years in prison.
Contact Our Texas Federal Drug Conspiracy Defense Lawyer
Federal drug conspiracy charges can be intimidating, but an experienced criminal defense attorney can provide the legal help and representation needed in these cases. With a comprehensive understanding of the federal laws governing controlled substances, as well as extensive experience representing clients who have been charged with federal crimes, The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. is prepared to protect your rights and advocate on your behalf. We understand how much is at stake, and we will use every available resource to help you fight the charges you are facing. Contact us today at 214-303-9600 to set up a free consultation and learn how we can help you build a strong defense strategy.