Dallas Drug Sales Defense Attorneys
In an effort to crack down on the sale and distribution of illicit substances, Dallas prosecutors aggressively pursue convictions on drug sales charges. While that may be frightening, you will not be sentenced unless the prosecution can prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The Dallas drug sales defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter understand how these charges are likely to be pursued against you and, thereby, how best to defend against them.
If you have been charged with drug sales in the Dallas area, one of our Dallas attorneys can help you develop a comprehensive legal strategy capable of challenging each and every aspect of your case. Contact us today at (214) 845-7007 to schedule a free consultation.
Why Do I Need a Drug Sales Defense Lawyer?
Depending on the circumstances of a drug sales case, an individual that is charged with possessing an illegal drug might face charges of possession with the intent to deliver which includes intent to distribute, drug sales, drug dealing, or trafficking. The penalties for these crimes are usually based on the amount of drugs a person has on them, the purity of the drugs or, other evidence showing the person intended to sell and distribute these drugs.
Drug sales, drug manufacturing and drug trafficking charges can have severe and lifelong consequences. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are always involved in charges of drug sales, and individuals charged with these crimes are often prosecuted in federal court. Federal convictions are subject to mandatory minimum sentences that are harsher than state penalties. The penalties can include large fines and years in prison.
If you have been accused of selling drugs, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney that can thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your case and provide a strategic defense for you. A lawyer familiar with drug sales cases will know all the possible defenses you might be able to use, and will be able to select the best one for your case. They can also defend your rights in court and throughout the investigation process.
Why Should I Choose Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to Handle My Case?
Mark Lassiter is a criminal defense attorney with 12 years of experience defending cases of drug sales and trafficking in the Dallas metro area. As a former prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, Mark is knowledgeable about prosecutors’ strategies and can develop a suitable legal defense if you have been accused of selling or manufacturing drugs in the state of Texas.
Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter has earned a national reputation for successful verdicts since its inception in 2006. Our attorneys have been named Super Lawyers and named among the Top 100 Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. We also hold a perfect 10.0 rating on Avvo.
Elevating Drug Possession Charges to Drug Sales Charges in Dallas
The most commonly distributed drugs are marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, MDMA, and LSD. Each substance carries different penalties, depending on the quantity and the amount of the drugs sold. Each type of drug also carries penalties that differ if there are other charges involved.
Drug possession charges are often elevated to much more serious drug sales charges in the Dallas area when one or more of the following circumstances exist:
- A gun or other weapon are present
- Excessive sums of cash are present
- The storage method of the drug indicates an intention to sell it
- Scales, baggies, or other paraphernalia are present
Our Dallas legal team will do everything they possibly can to help you either reduce your charges or, ideally, altogether eliminate those charges.
Penalties for Drug Sales and Trafficking in Texas
The Texas Controlled Substances Act defines drug sales and drug trafficking as the manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver of a controlled substance. The law breaks down controlled substances into four penalty groups, with different punishments for different substances.
Under laws in the state of Texas, felony drug trafficking penalties can range from 2 years in a state jail facility and possible fines up to $10,000, to 15 years to life in prison and fines up to $250,000.00. Under federal law, drug crimes can carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years up to life imprisonment without parole. Federal fines vary from $2 million up to $20 million dollars.
What To Do If You are Charged with Selling Drugs
Whether you are charged on a state or federal level, you will need legal representation in order to avoid tougher penalties on your charges. Most drug trafficking cases carry the potential for staggering fines, several years of jail time, and a criminal record that will stay with you for the rest of your life. If you have a conviction on your record, it could damage your ability to find housing, become employed, or even obtain a loan in the future.
A drug trafficking charge in Texas does not necessarily mean it will lead to a conviction. A skilled and aggressive lawyer can offer an effective legal strategy for a drug sales and trafficking charge. An attorney can listen to your side of the story before determining the best possible defense that coincides with the circumstances of your case. Some possible defenses include if you possessed the drugs for personal use (not for sale), if your rights were violated in an illegal search and seizure, or you were not aware the drugs were in your possession at the time of the search. A lawyer could also demonstrate that you were a victim of entrapment by law enforcement.
If you are viewed as a drug dealer, you are a potential target for law enforcement. If this is the case, you need a skilled attorney who will ensure the protection of your constitutional rights. In many instances, the state will overstep their boundaries in their overzealous pursuit of individuals they perceive to be selling drugs in the state of Texas.
Consult with a Dallas Drug Sales Defense Attorney
At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our Dallas drug sales defense attorneys will work closely with you to develop a legal strategy that will be capable of challenging each and every aspect of your arrest and subsequent charges, all in an effort to reduce or altogether eliminate those charges. To discuss the particulars of your case with one of our Dallas criminal defense attorneys, please call our Dallas offices at (214) 845-7007 today.