Drug charges consist of a wide array of offenses that are related to the use, sale, manufacture, distribution and possession of illegal substances.
People are most often accused of handling marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and prescription narcotics like OxyContin and Vicodin. In general, drug charges are issued for unauthorized activities involving any of the stimulants that are listed in the U.S. Controlled Substances Act.
Drug charges vary greatly. As a rule, large quantities of drugs tend to carry harsh penalties. Even so, the possession of a small amount of a controlled substance may be punished severely if certain conditions exist.
Drug charges may take on added weight if:
- Drugs are manufactured and distributed in commercially-viable quantities
- Minors are recruited to engage in the distribution of drugs
- A drug-related offense occurs near a school, park or other place in which children regularly congregate
- Weapons are used in the commission of a drug-related crime
- The accused has prior drug charge convictions
Those who are accused of a drug-related crime should contact a Houston drug charges lawyer as soon as possible.
Before your case goes to trial, call Houston criminal defense lawyer Mario Madrid at 713-877-9400.
Penalties for Drug Charges in Houston
In Texas, even simple possession charges can carry serious consequences and require guilty parties to serve long prison terms in federal penitentiaries. The lengths of these sentences may vary in relation to the value of the drugs in question and the scope of the perpetrators’ schemes. Here are some of the most common federal drug charges:
- Drug trafficking involves the maintenance of a supply chain through which illegal drugs freely pass. Drug trafficking carries a maximum prison term of 20 years.
- Drug manufacturing is the production of commercial quantities of illegal substances. The penalties for manufacturing are similar to the penalties for trafficking.
- Drug conspiracy involves the maintenance of an operation that profits from the manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs. Conspiracy crimes are prosecuted under federal RICO statutes and may carry fines and penalties that total more than $250,000.
Call the Madrid Law criminal defense law firm to talk with a Houston defense lawyer by calling 713-877-9400.
Get in Touch With a Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer at Madrid Law
Mario Madrid is an accomplished Houston criminal defense attorney who has years of experience in the Texas court system. He is board-certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In 2011, he was chosen as one of Houston’s “Top Lawyers.” As a tireless fighter for justice, Mr. Madrid will work hard to protect your rights.
Contact a Houston criminal defense lawyer for drug crimes and related criminal offenses at Madrid Law today by placing a phone call to 713-877-9400 to schedule a free initial consultation.