Drug Manufacturing and Trafficking Offenses
The United States government’s “War on Drugs” has led to vigorous prosecution of all drug crimes, including drug cultivation, distribution and manufacturing of a controlled substance. Penalties vary based on the severity of the crime, but for those charged with federal drug crimes, the best recourse for a strong defense is hiring a skilled drug crimes lawyer.
The Crime and its Consequences
In an effort to remove illegal drugs from the community, police and prosecutors arrest and charge people for even minor drug crimes. However, serious drug crimes – such as drug distribution, drug trafficking, or drug manufacturing – are considered the foundation for all drug crimes. Therefore, they carry the most stringent penalties and consequences.
Making drugs and putting them into circulation is essentially creating a drug supply that nourishes all other drug crimes and addictions. Because of this, the federal courts penalize manufacturing drugs in the same way they do trafficking drugs and other serious drug crimes.
Though drug manufacturing and cultivation take many forms, the most commonly charged offenses include production of methamphetamine or the cultivation of marijuana. Penalties for drug cultivation and manufacturing vary depending on the severity of the offense, but mandatory minimum sentences are in place for these crimes, even on a first offense. Manufacturing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison; growing 1000 or more marijuana plants yields the same mandatory minimum. Second and subsequent offenses bring even more severe consequences upon conviction. For more information, see 21 U.S.C. § 841.
Understanding the Severity of Drug Trafficking
Drug trafficking involves the manufacturing, importing, exporting, sale, distribution, or dispensing of a controlled substance. This includes everything from marijuana to heroin and even illegal prescription drugs. You can even face the same penalties if you possess the drugs or precursors and the prosecutor can prove you intended to sell or manufacture it. Possession with intent to distribute is a serious offense, wherein the intent is considered as much a criminal act as the actual sale or distribution.
When you are charged with drug trafficking or other federal offenses, your penalty is determined by the facts of your case and the federal sentencing guidelines. Efforts to curb drug use and drug related crime within the country have resulted in severe sentences for drug trafficking and related crimes.
If you are facing federal drug charges, an experienced drug trafficking lawyer can be your best ally. Federal drug laws are extremely harsh, and federal trafficking charges carry lengthy prison sentences and significant fines. However, if you are charged with federal drug crimes, you have options for your defense. A criminal defense attorney with experience in federal trafficking cases can assist you in weighing your options and strategizing a plan that minimizes the impact of a federal criminal charge. You can build a solid defense with sound legal counsel from a drug trafficking lawyer.
Mandatory Minimums and Imprisonment
Under the federal sentencing guidelines, drug trafficking convictions carry some of the harshest mandatory minimum sentences currently on the books. For example, if you are convicted of trafficking more than 5 grams of meth, more than 100 grams of heroin, or 500 grams of powder cocaine you will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years. For a second offense, the penalty is doubled to 10 years. Remember, these are minimum sentences. A conviction may lead to a prison sentence much greater than 5 years on the first offense or 10 years on the second offense depending on the nature of the case and the attitude of the sentencing judge. Our lawyers will work to get charges reduced, cases dismissed, or verdicts of not guilty at trial, attempting to protect their clients from unfair or inflated charges and to help them avoid mandatory minimum sentences.
When you first begin to suspect you are under investigation for a federal drug crime or you are first charged with drug trafficking, the thought of spending five or more years in a federal prison can be frightening indeed. However, when you face this sort of potential outcome, cowering in fear is not the best solution. Instead, an experienced and aggressive attorney can assist you in facing the charges head on, exploring your options, and mounting the best defense possible.
Retaining a Drug Crimes Lawyer
Your criminal defense lawyer is your advocate in the system. An experienced drug crimes lawyer can help ensure your rights are protected at every turn. If your attorney discovers you were searched or arrested in violation of your rights, they can seek to have some evidence in your case thrown out. They can challenge the evidence against you and help make sure you are treated fairly within the courts.
With aggressive prosecution and mandatory minimum sentences in place, it is imperative that you seek skilled defense counsel to represent you in court. David Benowitz understands the complex federal drug statutes is committed to offering strong and assertive defense against federal drug charges. Through his knowledge and skill, he is qualified to handle your defense against potentially damaging repercussions.
Contact Attorney David Benowitz Today
If you have been charged in a federal drug crimes case, contact federal criminal defense lawyer David Benowitz today. We can discuss your options during a free initial consultation of your case. Call (202) 600-9900 for more information or to schedule an appointment.