San Antonio Drug Trafficking Attorney
San Antonio: A Major Drug Trafficking Center
At the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski, I make it a point to stay on top
of the latest developments in the state and federal laws concerning drug
trafficking, since this specific offense is a major concern in San Antonio.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), San Antonio is the
largest market in the South Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
(HIDTA). The DOJ cites the major highways that pass through the city,
including I-35 and I-10, as well as the San Antonio International Airport,
as reasons for the city's appeal as a major transportation and trafficking hub.
In addition, the city's large Hispanic population provides the Mexican
drug trafficking organizations with ample opportunity to blend in with
the local communities. The major
drugs that pass through the HIDTA include:
While federal drug trafficking offenses are investigated by law enforcement
agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement
Administration, state and local agencies such as the Texas Department
of Public Safety and the San Antonio Police Department also work to crack
down on this type of crime.
Penalties for Drug Trafficking in San Antonio
Drug trafficking is a felony criminal offense, one that carries severe
penalties for a conviction. If, for example, you face
federal charges for trafficking at least 500 grams of
cocaine, you can be sentenced to between 5 and 40 years of prison and fines of
up to $5 million. Even after completing your sentence, you would still
have to live the rest of your life with a conviction on your criminal
record, which can make it difficult to find suitable housing or employment.
You simply have too much at stake to take any chances with the outcome
of this situation.
Defense Strategies for Drug Trafficking
Fortunately, there are effective strategies for fighting back against drug
trafficking charges. Your San Antonio drug crime attorney may, for example,
be able to clear your name in court by pointing out a lack of evidence
of one of the following:
- Knowledge that drugs were in your vehicle
- Knowledge that the substance you were transporting was a drug
In some cases, the defense depends on an argument that you were being coerced
into smuggling or dealing drugs upon threat of violence. It might even
be possible to file a motion to suppress the evidence on the grounds that
the police violated your constitutional rights by conducting a search
without a warrant or probable cause. Take your first step toward beating
the charges now by contacting me for a
free case evaluation!