Federal Drug Crimes Carry Harsh Penalties
When you have been charged with committing a federal drug crime, such as possession with intent to distribute, manufacturing, distribution, or trafficking, you may face a harsh sentence that could have a devastating effect on your future. The penalties for federal crimes involving controlled substances have become significantly more severe in the past two decades.
Typically, fines and prison sentences are prescribed according to the specific type of substance, the number of drugs involved, whether the act was part of a larger operation, and whether violence or other criminal acts were committed during the drug-related offense. For example, if you are charged with cocaine trafficking involving between 500 and 4,999 grams, you face a possible sentence ranging between 5 and 40 years, as well as up to $5 million in fines.
If, on the other hand, you are accused of trafficking more than 5 kilos of cocaine, the minimum sentence is increased to 10 years but can be further increased up to life, with a fine of up to $10 million. Other factors that can increase a person’s sentence include causing death or serious bodily injury to a victim as a result of the crime as well as acting in conspiracy or complicity with others to commit the crime.
Defending Against Federal Drug Crime Charges
Whether your case involves methamphetamine, heroin, PCP, cocaine, MDMA, LSD, marijuana, or any other type of controlled substance, the team at Gounaris Abboud, LPA is ready to help with your case immediately. We represent clients on all types of federal drug charges, including conspiracy to commit drug crimes.
As soon as you are named as a suspect in a drug crimes case, you become a target in the government’s War on Drugs. It is vital to your future and the handling of your case that you take action to defend yourself against the serious consequences of the charges that you face. According to information provided by the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, drug crimes accounted for one-third of all federal criminal cases in 2006, and 93% of those defendants were convicted.
You can greatly improve your chances of getting a fair hearing and a potentially successful outcome for your case by contacting us now for a free, confidential consultation.