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Understanding drug conspiracy charges in Texas

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

You could be charged with drug conspiracy if you and one or more individuals agree to commit a drug offense. It does not matter if you carried out your plan; the agreement is enough for a conspiracy charge.

Drug conspiracy charges can carry severe penalties in Texas, and it helps to understand the key elements and legal consequences of such charges. Here is what you need to know.

Key elements of drug conspiracy

Drug conspiracy charges involve several elements that the prosecution must prove for a conviction. First, there must be an agreement among the individuals involved. The agreement does not necessarily have to be written or spoken. It can even be implied from the circumstances or conduct of the people planning to commit the drug offense.

The individuals involved must also intend to carry out the planned drug crime. Merely associating with the conspirators or having knowledge of the conspiracy is not enough for a conviction.

Lastly, at least one of the conspirators must have taken a significant step or an overt act in executing the crime. The overt act does not have to be illegal, but it must demonstrate that the conspiracy is in motion. It could be purchasing materials for drug manufacturing, arranging a meeting to discuss the plan, financing the arrangement or arranging transportation for the drugs.

The potential penalties

As with other drug crimes, the penalties for drug conspiracy depend on various factors like the type and quantity of drugs involved in the conspiracy, the criminal history of the conspirators and other aspects of the offense. You may be charged with a felony or a serious misdemeanor, and a conviction could result in substantial fines and/or a lengthy jail term.

Given the complexity and severity of drug conspiracy charges, seeking early legal guidance is in your best interests. You can build a strong defense with the proper guidance and increase the odds of a desirable outcome.