Austin Drug Crimes Lawyer
Drug Crime Defense Representation in Travis County
Drug crimes are among the most common types of offenses handled in courts across the nation. Like other states, Texas has enacted a Controlled Substances Act which makes various drugs illegal based on their level of addictiveness and abuse. The state of Texas imposes harsh penalties on those who violate its drug laws, including jail time, imprisonment, fines, probation, and other court-ordered penalties.
If you are under investigation or have been charged with a drug offense in Austin or surrounding areas, your first priority should be to seek experienced legal counsel. You can depend on the Law Office of Paul Quinzi, PLLC to provide the kind of capable representation you need. As a former Travis County prosecutor with more than 15 years of experience in criminal defense, Attorney Paul Quinzi understands how the state will put together its case against you. Armed with that insight and a deep familiarity with the local court system, as well as the Texas laws and procedures associated with them, your case will be in competent hands.
Call our Austin drug crimes defense attorney at (512) 515-1856 for a free case consultation.
Texas Drug Crimes
Drug charges in Texas are based on the type and quantity of drugs found in your possession, as well as whether sales or distribution were involved, whether anyone was injured or killed in that distribution, your past criminal history, and other pertinent facts and circumstances.
Texas drug crimes include:
- Sales and distribution
Controlled substances can include street drugs such as cocaine and heroin as well as many prescription drugs. Schedule I and II drugs under the Texas Controlled Substances Act are considered the most dangerous and therefore lead to felony charges. Smaller quantities of Schedule III and IV may be charged as misdemeanors but sales, cultivation, manufacturing, and trafficking crimes are all considered felonies. Felony penalties can range from 180 days in a state facility up to life in prison for first-degree felonies.
If you have been accused of drug trafficking, this involves the accusation of distributing or delivering controlled substances. Under the Texas Controlled Substances Act, drug trafficking is defined as a violation and therefore you could be facing serious penalties.
The severity of the penalty for drug trafficking depends on the following factors:
- The amount of the drug being trafficked
- The type of drug being trafficked
- The group that drug is classified under
Depending on these factors, you could be facing the following penalties:
- From 180 days in jail to 99 years in prison
- A $10,000 fine up to a $250,000 fine
Because of the drastic difference in severity in the penalties you could be facing, it is important that you retain the defense of an experienced Austin drug crime lawyer as soon as possible. We can walk you through the possible defenses to help you in your case, such as a lack of knowledge, mistake of fact or duress.
Get a Free Case Consultation at the Law Office of Paul Quinzi, PLLC
In the face of drug crime penalties, it is crucial that you have an experienced drug crime attorney in Austin by your side providing you with the guidance and defense you need from the start. Our goal is to work diligently to obtain the best possible case outcome by doing everything possible to secure a dismissal, negotiate favorably with prosecutors on your behalf, or defend you in court.
Arrange for your consultation with our Austin drug crime attorney by contacting us at (512) 515-1856.