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Can a lawyer help fight federal drug manufacturing charges?

By Spodek Law Group | October 16, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 17, 2023)

Last Updated on: 17th October 2023, 06:05 pm


Can a Lawyer Help Fight Federal Drug Manufacturing Charges?

Getting charged with a federal drug crime can be scary. Manufacturing drugs like meth or cocaine is a serious felony. You need an experienced lawyer on your side. Let’s break down what these charges mean and how a lawyer can defend you.

Types of Federal Drug Manufacturing Charges

There are a few main laws that target drug manufacturing. Here’s an overview:

  • Controlled Substances Act – This makes it illegal to make, distribute, or possess certain drugs like meth, cocaine, heroin, etc. Manufacturing controlled substances can lead to 5-40 years in prison.
  • Continuing Criminal Enterprise – This is for people who organize or lead large drug operations. Penalties include 20 years to life.
  • Analogue Act – This bans drugs that are similar to controlled substances. So making “designer” drugs can also be prosecuted.

There are also laws against manufacturing drugs near schools, public housing, or using firearms. And if someone dies from drugs you made, murder charges are possible.

How Lawyers Defend Drug Manufacturing Cases

Experienced criminal defense lawyers have many strategies to fight federal drug charges:

  • Invalid search – If evidence was obtained illegally through an invalid search, it may get thrown out.
  • Entrapment – This argues you were tricked or coerced into committing the crime by government agents.
  • Not enough evidence – The prosecution must prove you are guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Poking holes in their evidence creates doubt.
  • No intent to distribute – For distribution charges, arguing you intended to consume the drugs personally could help.
  • Sentencing manipulation – This claims officers let drug activity continue longer just to increase the charges.
  • Cooperation – Providing information about other criminal activities may lead to reduced charges.

A lawyer can also negotiate plea deals or pretrial diversion programs that avoid lengthy prison sentences. The key is starting the defense early.

Building a Strong Defense Takes Time

Federal drug cases take months or even years to reach trial. So there’s time to build a step-by-step defense. Here are important ways a lawyer defends these cases over time:

  1. Review evidence and find holes – Look for illegal searches, missing evidence, unreliable witnesses, etc.
  2. Challenge bail and pretrial detention – Fight to get bail and stay out of jail pretrial.
  3. File suppression motions – Try to get evidence thrown out as illegally obtained.
  4. Negotiate plea deals – Work out a plea bargain for reduced charges or a lighter sentence.
  5. Interview witnesses – Talk to anyone with helpful information for the defense.
  6. Send investigators – Have PIs track down more evidence and witnesses.
  7. Request experts – Get chemists, accountants, etc. to analyze evidence.
  8. File subpoenas – Demand access to prosecution documents and witnesses.
  9. Research similar cases – Find precedents that support the defense arguments.
  10. Study the prosecution – Look for weaknesses, mistakes, or misconduct in their case.

This meticulous process takes time and experience. An skilled lawyer leaves no stone unturned.

The worst thing you can do after getting arrested on federal drug charges is nothing. Or hoping the problem goes away. You need to act fast:

  • Don’t talk to police without a lawyer present – Anything you say can be used against you.
  • Hire a lawyer immediately – The sooner they can start your defense, the better.
  • Don’t violate bail terms – This can get bail revoked and land you in jail.
  • Stay clean – Failing drug tests while on pretrial release can also lead to jail time.
  • Follow your lawyer’s advice – Listen to their guidance during the entire process.

The worst thing is trying to handle federal drug charges alone. This is a legal minefield even experienced lawyers struggle with. So get experienced legal help in your corner right away.


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