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Drug Crimes

Texas has a no tolerance attitude when it comes to drugs and it enforces harsh penalties. There are minimum and maximum sentences, depending on the amount of drugs are involved in the crime. The sentence is much harsher if a person under the age of 21 is involved in receiving the drugs.


The statute of limitations exist to ensure criminals are trialed within a set period of time. Almost all charges have a statute of limitation, with the exception of manslaughter, murder, sexual assault, offenses against children, leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death and trafficking people. The statute of limitation for drug charges varies. If it is a “victimless” crime, which would be the case under a possession charge for instance, the statute of limitations is three years. If, however, the charge involves supplying a controlled substance to a minor, the statute of limitation does not apply. Furthermore, it is important to understand that the statute of limitation can be officially tolled or suspended if the alleged perpetrator is out of state, in prison or otherwise unable to stand trial.
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