This article is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of drug trafficking charges in Austin, Texas. I considered this an important topic due to the fact that large-scale transportation or distribution of narcotics is a serious offense. This remains true in spite of America’s changing attitudes towards various drugs. Also, it is not uncommon for individuals to be surprised that they can be charged with “trafficking” for what they do not consider to be serious activity. My goal in writing this series was to provide people with information that will help them to understand their circumstances, and to assist with the selection of an attorney. Contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer if you or a family member are in need of assistance.
I have addressed multiple topics over my recent posts. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- Conduct which Texas will define as drug trafficking
- How Texas penalizes drug traffickers
- Search & seizure issues in narcotics cases
- Taking a narcotics case to trial
- Handling federal drug trafficking charges
There are various reasons why I chose to address these topics. First, one does not necessarily have to sell or distribute narcotics to another to be considered as “trafficking” in the substance. Depending on the amount and type of substance involved, possession itself can be considered trafficking. Second, understanding the penalties which one potentially faces can help them in deciding on the best possible course of action. Third, it is not common for law enforcement to violate the Fourth Amendment prior to discovering illegal narcotics. Depending on the facts of the case, such a violation may lead to a dismissal of the charges. Fourth, knowing what to expect from the trial process is vital to mounting a proper defense. Finally, if one is charged by the federal government then they are facing a different system of laws than they would in Texas state courts.
One point I stressed in each of these articles is that you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately if you or a loved one have been arrested. Prosecutors take trafficking charges quite seriously and it is vital that you mount a vigorous defense. I have been licensed since 1995 and I devote my practice to protecting the rights of the accused. I am Board Certified in Criminal Defense by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and my firm prides itself on providing the highest level of service. Contact us online or by telephone today to speak with an Austin drug trafficking lawyer. I also serve the cities of Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, and San Marcos, Texas.