While other states have legalized some drugs like marijuana, it is still illegal to possess it, let alone sell it. The law is also very clear when it comes to selling illegal drugs to minors. Under Texas law, anyone under the age of 18 is considered a minor.
This blog will walk you through the consequences of being charged with selling drugs to minors and what steps you should take if you are arrested for the crime.
1. The Penalties
Under Texas law, selling any amount of drugs—no matter how small—to a minor is a felony offense that’s punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine. While the law is clear about the financial cost that someone can pay as a result of selling drugs, the societal costs can be even greater.
As a convicted felon, you may be fired from your job and discriminated against for future employment due to your criminal record. Your automobile and home insurance rates will likely escalate, and you’ll be restricted from traveling to some countries. If you are a minor convicted of selling drugs to other minors, your criminal record may restrict you from attending a state university. With everything at stake, you need to hire an aggressive lawyer to handle your case and fight for your rights.
2. Why You Need a Lawyer to Defend Your Drug Case
If you have been charged with selling drugs to minors, make sure you find an experienced lawyer quickly. No matter the circumstances, especially if you were wrongly arrested, you need legal representation to help you make the best decisions that will affect your and your family’s future. It’s possible that you were wrongfully charged with the crime because someone close to you is guilty of selling the drugs to minors. “Guilt through association” is not a legal term.
Either way, find a qualified lawyer who can offer the proper defense on your behalf. If you intentionally or knowingly sold drugs to minors, see a mental health counselor. It’s important to understand what led you to sell drugs to minors and how you can prevent this from happening in the future. The sooner you start addressing your mental state, the better.
3. Call Attorney JL Carpenter Today
Charged with drug possession, manufacturing, trafficking, or a similar offense? You will need a strong lawyer who will fight to get your case dismissed.
Attorney JL Carpenter is considered a trusted criminal defense lawyer in the Greater Houston area, including in Friendswood and Clear Lake. Give her a call today.