(972) 233-5700 (office)

(888) 978-2756 (toll-free)

15110 N. Dallas Pkwy, #400
Dallas, TX  75248

primary location

With a 91% success rate on cases announced for trial since 2002, our attorneys are prepared to fight hard in your name.

Contact Our Offices

Schedule Your Free Consultation

*Free consultation applies only for active criminal cases seeking to retain the office

Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking in Dallas is generally defined as the manufacture, delivery, sale or importation of illegal drugs across state or national borders, or throughout the state. Drug trafficking is a felony offense in Texas and can result in serious penalties, including imprisonment, fines and/or a criminal record. In addition to criminal drug charges in Texas, an alleged drug offender can face federal drug trafficking charges, which can result in lengthier prison sentences and steeper fines.

If you have been accused of drug trafficking in Dallas, your criminal charges do not have to result in a conviction. The state prosecutor must prove you committed every element to the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. This can be a very difficult burden to prove, any doubt the judge or jury may have can result in a reduction or dismissal of the charges against you. Therefore, it is important to consult a Dallas drug defense attorney who will help you create your most ideal legal defense for your unique case.

Dallas Drug Trafficking Lawyer

If you have been arrested for drug trafficking in Dallas, or any of the surrounding areas in Texas, including Garland, Irving, Grand Prairie, Denton, Plano, McKinney, Fort Worth, Arlington, Mesquite, Carrolton, Richardson, Lewisville or Frisco, contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy.

Richard McConathy is knowledgeable in all areas of Dallas’ drug laws who will make every effort to help you achieve the most desirable outcome in your particular situation. Call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at (972) 233-5700 about your alleged drug trafficking offense.


Back to top

Dallas Controlled Substance Penalty Groups

All controlled substances, including medications, medications without prescriptions, prescription pills, narcotics, hallucinogens, stimulants, depressants, street drugs, chemicals, man-made substances and natural substances are classified into four different penalty groups in the Texas Controlled Substances Act. As defined in the Texas Health and Safety Code §§ 481.101 – 105, the penalty groups are used to classify different substances for the purpose of establishing punishments for drug trafficking offenses.

  • Penalty Group I (PG-1) – Substances in this group can include cocaine, codeine, methadone, GHB, heroin, methamphetamines, meth, morphine, oxycodone, oxycontin, speed, hydrocodone, the Date Rape Drug, Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, Special K, and ketamine.
  • Penalty Group I-A (PG-1-A) – The substance in this penalty group Lysergic acid diethylamide, which is also known as LSD.
  • Penalty Group II (PG-2) – Substances in this group can include bath salts, MDMA (ecstasy), Psilocybin, cathinone, and magic mushrooms.
  • Penalty Group III (PG-3) – Substances in the group can include Xanax, Ambien, Valium, Zolpidem, Lysergic acid, and drugs containing small amounts of narcotics.
  • Penalty Group IV (PG-4) – Substances in this penalty group can include substances with limited quantities of narcotics that also contain one or more non-narcotic active medical ingredient.

Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code lists the penalties for drug trafficking offenses throughout Dallas. However, the penalties for drug trafficking offenses can increase depending on whether the alleged offender has any previous criminal convictions, whether the offense resulted in serious bodily injury, whether the alleged offender used a weapon during the commission of the offense, and whether a child under the age of 18 was involved in the offense.


Back to top

Drug Trafficking in Penalty Group 1 in Dallas

According to the Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.112, an individual can be charged with drug trafficking if they knowingly deliver, possess with the intent to deliver or traffic a substance listed in Penalty Group I.

The penalties for drug trafficking in Penalty Group 1 are as follows:

  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Group 1 can be convicted of a state jail felony, which is punishable by a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the weight of the substance is less than one gram.
  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Group 1 can be convicted of a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the weight of the substance is one gram or more but less than four grams.
  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Group 1 can be convicted of a felony of the first degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from five to 99 years in prison or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the weight of the substance is four grams or more but less than 200 grams.
  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Group 1 can be convicted of a life felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 10 years to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $100,000, if the weight of the substance is 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams.
  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Group 1 can face a prison sentence ranging from 15 years to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $250,000, if the weight of the substance is 400 grams or more.

Back to top

Dallas Drug Trafficking in Penalty Group 1-A

According to the Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.1121, an individual can be charged with drug trafficking if they knowingly deliver, possess with the intent to deliver or traffic a substance listed in Penalty Group I-A.

The penalties for drug trafficking in Penalty Group 1-A are as follows:

  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Group 1-A can be convicted of a state jail felony, which is punishable by a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the number of units of the substance is less than 20.
  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Group 1-A can be convicted of a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the number of units of the substance is 20 or more but less than 80.
  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Group 1-A can be convicted of a felony of the first degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from five to 99 years in prison or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the number of units of the substance is 80 or more but less than 4,000.
  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Group 1-A can be convicted of a life felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 15 years to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $250,000, if the number of units of the substance is 4,000 or more.

Back to top

Drug Trafficking in Penalty Group 2 in Dallas

According to the Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.113, an individual can be charged with drug trafficking if they knowingly deliver, possess with the intent to deliver or traffic a substance listed in Penalty Group 2.

The penalties for drug trafficking in Penalty Group 2 are as follows:

  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Group 2 can be convicted of a state jail felony, which is punishable by a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the if the weight of the substance is less than one gram.
  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Group 2 can be convicted of a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the weight of the substance is one gram or more but less than four grams.
  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Group 2 can be convicted of a felony of the first degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from five to 99 years in prison or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the weight of the substance is four grams or more but less than 400 grams.
  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Group 2 can be convicted of a life felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 10 years to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $100,000, if the weight of the substance is 400 grams or more.

Back to top

Dallas Drug Trafficking in Penalty Group 3 or 4

According to the Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.114, an individual can be charged with drug trafficking if they knowingly deliver, possess with the intent to deliver or traffic a substance listed in Penalty Group 3 or 4.

The penalties for drug trafficking in Penalty Groups 3 or 4 are as follows:

  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Groups 3 or 4 can be convicted of a state jail felony, which is punishable by a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the weight of the substance is less than 28 grams.
  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Groups 3 or 4 can be convicted of a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the weight of the substance is 28 grams or more but less than 200 grams.
  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Groups 3 or 4 can be convicted of a felony of the first degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from five to 99 years in prison or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the weight of the substance is 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams.
  • An individual charged with drug trafficking a substance in Penalty Groups 3 or 4 can be convicted of a life felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from 10 years to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $100,000, if the weight of the substance is 400 grams or more.

Back to top

Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy | Fort Worth Drug Trafficking Attorney

Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today for a consultation about your drug trafficking charges in Dallas County in Texas. Richard McConathy is an aggressive criminal defense attorney in Dallas who will make every effort to fight the allegations against you.

Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at (972) 233-5700 for a consultation about your alleged drug trafficking offense throughout Dallas County in Texas and the surrounding counties of Denton County, Collin County and Tarrant County.


Back to top

Client Reviews & Testimonials

Read More Client Testimonials