Facing any drug charge is not something you should take lightly, as the punishment can be harsh. Not only do you face time in prison, but you also risk damaging your social and professional life beyond repair. However, if charged with fentanyl trafficking, you’ll quickly find this is one of the most intense offenses due to the increased risk of death this substance poses. Keep reading to learn more about this crime and discover how a Houston drug crimes defense attorney can help you navigate this situation.
What Constitutes Fentanyl Trafficking?
According to federal law, it is illegal for any person, knowingly or unknowingly, to traffic drugs. Trafficking is the act of manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing controlled substances. However, if found in possession of a drug with intent to distribute or dispense it, you face additional charges.
What Are the Penalties for This Offense?
If accused of fentanyl trafficking, it’s essential to understand what penalties you can face. Regardless of how much of this drug you are found in possession of, you will face a felony charge due to the risk factor of this drug.
If found with less than one gram of this substance, and it’s determined you were trafficking it, you will face a state jail felony. This is a maximum of two years in prison. Though this amount seems like a very small quantity to go to jail for, one gram of fentanyl contains approximately seven thousand street doses. For example, 3 milligrams (0.003 grams) of this substance is enough to kill an average-sized adult male.
The penalties will only increase with the amount you possess:
- 1-4 grams: Second-degree felony, up to 20 years in prison
- 4-200 grams: First-degree felony, up to life in prison
- 200+ grams: Enhanced first-degree felony, mandatory minimum of 10 years, or 20 years if serious injury or death is involved
What Should I Do if I’m Facing Charges?
When arrested for allegedly trafficking fentanyl, it is imperative to remain silent until you have spoken with an attorney. Unfortunately, you may try to prove your innocence, which can lead to the police using your own words against you. Instead, it’s in your best interest to tell the officers you would like to invoke the right to remain silent and request an attorney.
An experienced drug crimes attorney will be able to examine the circumstances of your case to provide advice on the best possible outcome. For example, you may have a defense they can use to help fight to prove your innocence. However, they may advise you to consider accepting a plea deal for a lower charge if the state has substantial evidence against you. Regardless, you should never make a decision without speaking to an attorney.
When you need help, the Gonzalez Law Group is ready to assist. Our dedicated legal team will do everything possible to fight for the best possible outcome for your situation. Contact us today to learn more about how our attorneys can help.