Did you know that in Texas you can be given civil penalties for a drug offense? These penalties are in addition to the criminal sentences that you may be issued upon being proven guilty of your crime. According to the Texas Tax Code, you are required to pay taxes on illegal drugs, and those expenses will need to be paid when the drugs are discovered. Normally, the civil penalties are not invoked on small possession charges. Yet if you possess a significant amount of the narcotic, then you may be required to pay these taxes. Dealers who possess over a certain amount of their drug will be charged with tax evasion in addition to their other crimes.
The penalties for tax evasion often involve a fine up to $25,000 and a prison sentence of up to one year. The IRS is insistent that you include even illegal drug dealings in your filings. Because people would never admit to purchasing illegal narcotics on an IRS form, they are almost always issued this penalty. The court can then decide whether or not the suspect possessed enough of the drug to pursue the civil charges. Companies that willingly don’t file tax forms in Texas, such as a drug ring, could be fined up to $100,000 and issued a five year prison sentence.
If you have been charged with drug possession, drug trafficking, or another drug-related crime, you should never enter a civil or criminal court without an attorney. If your criminal charges can be eliminated, then chances are that your civil charges will be eliminated as well. If you violate the Texas Controlled Substances Act, which governs drug possession offenses, then you may also have your driver’s license suspended for up to six months. As you can see, the penalties of a drug offense are far-reaching, and may even surpass the typical punishment for your crime. Get a Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC attorney on your side today if you want to fight for justice in your case!