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Defending Federal Drug Charges

By Spodek Law Group | October 18, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 19, 2023)

Last Updated on: 19th October 2023, 02:22 pm


Defending Federal Drug Charges

Dealing with federal drug charges can be scary. The stakes are so high, and the federal government has like, so many resources. It can feel totally overwhelming. But don’t panic! With the right legal strategy, you can get through this.

The first thing to know is that federal drug laws are no joke. The feds use statutes like the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act to go after all kinds of drug crimes. Everything from possession and distribution to trafficking and manufacturing. Penalties range from fines and probation to decades in prison.

So getting charged by the feds is bad news. But it’s not necessarily the end of the world. An experienced federal drug crimes attorney can help you understand the charges and build a strong defense. Here are some of the main strategies they use:

Fighting the Charges

One option is to straight up fight the charges. There are a bunch of ways to do this:

  • Challenge the search and seizure – If the feds obtained evidence illegally, it can’t be used. An illegal search or seizure violates the 4th Amendment.
  • Dispute the forensic evidence – The feds’ lab tests aren’t foolproof. You can argue the results are inconclusive or flawed.
  • Claim entrapment – This is when law enforcement tricks you into committing a crime you wouldn’t otherwise do. It’s not legal.
  • Argue you had no knowledge – For drug distribution and trafficking charges, you can say you didn’t know the drugs were there.

To use any of these defenses in court, your lawyer will need to file motions and actually argue it before the judge. It’s not easy, but it is possible to get charges dismissed this way.

Negotiating a Plea Deal

Another common option is trying to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor. This involves admitting guilt in exchange for reduced charges or a lighter sentence.

Plea deals require give-and-take on both sides. Your lawyer may offer to share information about your supplier or other people involved. Or they may argue for charging you with a lesser crime based on the amount of drugs, your limited role, etc.

In return, the prosecutor gets a guaranteed conviction without a trial. You get to avoid harsh mandatory minimums and other penalties. The judge still has to approve any plea deal, though.

Seeking Sentencing Leniency

If you do end up convicted on federal drug crimes, don’t assume you’ll automatically get slammed with the harshest possible sentence. There are still ways to seek leniency:

  • Highlight mitigating circumstances – Your lawyer can argue your minimal criminal history, family obligations, health issues, or other factors warrant less prison time.
  • Provide substantial assistance – Giving the feds useful info on other offenders can potentially lower your sentence.
  • Request diversion programs – First-time offenders may qualify for alternatives like drug court, which has less severe penalties.

Federal judges have a decent amount of discretion at sentencing. An experienced attorney knows how to present the right arguments to convince them to show mercy.

Appealing the Conviction or Sentence

What if you already took a plea deal or lost at trial and got sentenced? Don’t worry, there are still options. You can challenge the conviction or sentence with an appeal.

The appeals process has strict deadlines and complicated rules. But a good drug crimes lawyer can navigate it. Possible appeal arguments include:

  • Violation of your constitutional rights
  • Prosecutorial misconduct
  • Ineffective assistance of counsel
  • An illegal sentence based on the guidelines

Appeals don’t always succeed. But they’re worth trying if you have strong grounds. Many times, defendants at least get some relief like a reduced sentence.

Seeking Clemency

Finally, if all else fails, you can apply for presidential clemency as a last resort. This includes commuting (shortening) a prison sentence or even a full pardon.

Clemency is very rare. Only a few thousand people get it per year. But for federal drug offenders serving long mandatory minimums, it’s one of the only ways left to get out early.

The pardon attorney at the Department of Justice reviews clemency petitions. They make recommendations to the president. He decides who ultimately gets clemency.

To have any real chance, you’ll need an attorney who knows how to complete the petition properly and make the strongest case. It’s a long shot, but might be worth it if you have an excessive sentence.

Don’t Go It Alone

The bottom line is don’t try to handle federal drug charges without an attorney. The feds have like endless resources. The drug laws are complicated with harsh penalties. Fighting back requires experience.

But skilled federal drug defense lawyers know how to stand up to the government – whether that’s getting charges dismissed pretrial, negotiating better deals, or appealing unfair convictions. They also provide invaluable moral support through the whole scary process. Don’t go it alone. Your future is too important.

With the right legal help, you CAN beat federal drug charges. It happens all the time. So take a deep breath and start contacting attorneys for a free case evaluation.

This whole federal drug case thing sucks, but you got this! It’s not over yet.


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