The act of distributing or delivering illicit drugs is referred to as “trafficking.” Since trafficking is categorized as a violation of the Texas Controlled Substances Act, individuals can be found guilty if they are proven to have delivered marijuana or other illicit substances. With El Paso being on the border of Mexico, trafficking is a common issue in the community. If you’re in need of legal assistance, Sergio Coronado Law can help. As your drug offense lawyer, Mr. Coronado will bring over 30 years of experience to your case.
In order to be convicted of robbery, the prosecution must prove that the defendant intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly caused bodily injury to another individual. This is what separates robbery from theft or larceny. If the defendant used or exhibited a deadly weapon and/or the victim was threatened or feared for his or her life and the victim was 65 years or older or disabled mentally, physically, or developmentally, the charge will escalate to that of an aggravated robbery.
Felonies are serious crimes. People who are charged with felonies will potentially face jail time and high fines. In fact, the maximum amount of jail time for first degree felony may be life in prison. The district court deals with criminal cases and felonies, while the county court deals with misdemeanors and other lesser issues. Many things differentiate district courts from the country counterpart. District court will require more appearances in court by the defendant. Felonies are split into five categories: capital, first, second, third degree, and state jail felony.
Trafficking penalties differ on the state level and federal level. The amount of time served and fines will vary depending on the amount of drugs being trafficked. State trafficking penalties involve sentences that may range from 180 days to 2 years in state jail with a fine of no more than $10,000 to a term of 15 to 99 years in prison with a fine of no more than $250,000.
In many instances, drug trafficking cases are dealt with on a federal level since they encompass states other than Texas. First-time offenders can face penalties of no less than 5 years to no more than 40 years in prison. Fines may also be instituted, depending on the amount and type of drug being trafficked. Prior convictions also work against you. Time spent in jail and fines will increase. If the act of trafficking drugs resulted in someone else getting injured or dying, the trafficker will face a minimum sentence of life in prison.
Drug trafficking is a felony. For this reason, it’s necessary to seek legal counsel in order to build a strong defense against your charges. Trafficking is a more serious crime than drug possession and the arresting officer may charge you for the former crime if he or she believes you had an intent to sell the controlled substance. Although the penalties vary depending on the amount trafficked and the illicit substance in question, it’s always in your best interest to team up with an experienced defense lawyer.
Sergio Coronado Law has been serving the El Paso area since 1989. We understand the needs of the community and have been providing specialized legal aid to residents of the Southwest. Our team has been representing client in West Texas and New Mexico for nearly 30 years. If you’re facing drug trafficking charges, no matter how severe they may be, you deserve legal assistance. Contact Sergio Coronado Law today to learn more about what we have to offer.