Federal drug crimes are treated very seriously in the US, which is why you may have questions if you have been charged with one of these crimes. We have experience in federal drug crimes from the most serious offenses like drug trafficking to manufacturing and distribution. Nearly half of all inmates in federal prisons across the United States are there for drug offenses. Today we answer some of your burning questions regarding these crimes.
If I am waiting for trial for a federal drug crime, can I be released from prison beforehand? This decision really depends on the type of drug in question, the nature of your violation, and many other factors. For example, if you have been part of a drug trafficking ring for years, you will probably not be released from prison while you are awaiting your trial. This could be because of many factors, from being a danger to the community or a flight risk.
Could my federal drug crime be reduced to state level? Sometimes, if you have been acquitted, your lawyer negotiated a plea deal, and more. This will probably lead to less serious penalties, which is good news for you.
What are drug categories and why should I be aware of them? Drug scheduling will affect the penalties that you will face for your federal drug crime. For example, if you have a schedule I drug in your possession (such as heroin) you could face very serious penalties, but a schedule IV drug may not carry as hefty penalties, and are known to be less addictive.
What are some of the penalties I will face? This really depends on many elements, including the amount of the drug on hand as well as what type of drug it was, number of previous offenses, and whether or not other crimes were committed alongside this crime. If it is your first offense, you are less likely to face consequences like somebody who is on their third offense. As an example, a first offense of schedule I trafficking can carry a minimum penalty of five years, and hefty fines.
Are there defenses I can use? Yes, there are many legal defenses that may be available to you based on the circumstances of your case. These include a lack of evidence, lack of intent, and improper police conduct. You can call us today for more information on how we can help you with your case if you have been charged with a federal drug crime. We have experience in these crimes and can help you get the most positive outcome in your case.