Drug cases are severe cases in the United States. The government takes a strict stance on them, and in most cases, prosecutes them very aggressively. Many states have harsh drug laws. Depending on the amount of drugs, where the person was, and how many others are involved, a drug case can become a federal matter.
Although all drug-related cases are serious, a federal case is more complicated than a typical state court case. If investigated for a drug charge, it is critical to seek legal advice. Obtaining counsel is even more vital if you are facing federal drug charges.
Things To Know About Federal Crimes
Federal cases are complex. It is essential to have an attorney when dealing with such matters. The process is often long and most likely began before a defendant is even aware. Cases can be somewhat complicated and include many factors. A defense attorney can help guide a defendant in understanding the process as well as preparing a defense.
In conducting a federal investigation, the government will use all resources that it has available to it, including all federal agencies and the endless supply of accessible tactics. These tactics include but are not limited to wiretapping, video surveillance, record pulling, subpoenas, and more.
In Federal court cases, sentencing will be determined based on several factors. These factors include sentencing guidelines, possible prior convictions, and evidence presented. Federal crimes carry mandatory sentencing.
Federal Drug Trafficking And Distribution
Unbeknownst to many, what may seem like a regular drug possession charge may end up being a case of sale, import, and transport of a controlled substance.
Whether a charge is a state law charge or a federal charge depends on several things. The Controlled Substance Act outlines the class of drugs that is part of the crime by putting them in a particular schedule. This schedule classifies the type of drug based on its abuse potential and severity. This classification is one of the determining factors for sentencing.
The government can also make a federal drug trafficking case depending on the number of drugs found. These amounts will determine the level of sentencing and fine.
The amount of drugs in one’s possession may also lead the government to believe that there was intent to sell. The amount of controlled substance found can be the difference between a trafficking charge as opposed to possession.
In addition to the amount of drug, a federal trafficking case occurs if there is any movement of said substance over state or international lines or the number of people involved in the drug case. All of these factors can lead to stiffer penalties and fines.
What To Do If You Are Being Investigated For Drug Trafficking
If you find yourself a subject of a federal crime, including drug trafficking, it is essential to get legal assistance right away. The federal government has top attorneys working on building a case against you. It is critical to know how to prepare and proceed. The attorneys at Vinas & Graham, PLLC, have years of experience as former prosecutors and are here to help. Contact them today for a consultation. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more federal and Texas law information.