Federal Drug Manufacturing and Trafficking Charges
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.
Understanding the Severity of Drug Trafficking
Drug trafficking involves the manufacturing, importing, exporting, sale, distribution, or dispensing of a controlled substance. This includes commonly used illegal street drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, and heroin and 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 illegal drug use and drug-related crime within the country have resulted in severe sentences for federal drug trafficking and related crimes. Most of the penalties and restrictions related to federal drug manufacturing and trafficking charges are outlined in Title 18 U.S. Code Section 841, while conspiracy to commit such crimes can be found in Title 18 U.S. Code Section 846.
If you are facing federal drug charges, an experienced criminal defense attorney who has handled cases involving federal drug manufacturing and trafficking allegations 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 coming up with the best strategy aimed at minimizing the impact of a federal criminal charge. You can build a solid defense with sound legal counsel.
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 decision of the sentencing judge. Our lawyers will work hard to get the charges reduced, the case dismissed, or a not guilty verdict at trial. We work to protect our clients from unfair or inflated charges and to help them in their efforts to 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. You need an experienced and aggressive attorney to assist you in facing these federal charges head on, exploring your options, and mounting the best defense possible.
Contact Terry Eaton Attorney at Law
If you have been charged in a federal drug crimes case, contact federal criminal defense lawyer Terry Eaton today. Mr. Eaton and his team can discuss your options during a free, initial consultation and provide you with the best path forward. Call (202) 600-9900 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Terry Eaton in His Own Words
Below are several links to question-and-answer pages excerpted from an interview with Terry Eaton in which he discusses federal drug cases.