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Federal Drug Trafficking Lawyers

By Spodek Law Group | July 23, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 15, 2023)

Last Updated on: 15th October 2023, 10:14 am

Federal Drug Trafficking Lawyers – Fighting for Justice and Fairness

Being charged with a federal drug crime can be an incredibly scary and overwhelming experience. The stakes are high, and the potential consequences severe. If you or a loved one is facing drug trafficking charges, having an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer on your side is critical. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of federal drug trafficking laws, charges, and penalties, as well as how an attorney can help build the strongest possible defense for your case.

Common Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

There are a variety of charges federal prosecutors can bring in drug trafficking cases. Some of the most common include:

  • Possession with intent to distribute – Being caught with a large quantity of drugs may lead to charges of possession with intent to distribute, even without direct evidence of selling. Penalties are based on the type and amount of drugs[5].
  • Conspiracy – If prosecutors believe multiple people worked together to traffic drugs, they may all face conspiracy charges. This can mean severe penalties even for minor players[6].
  • Continuing criminal enterprise – This “drug kingpin” charge targets high-level traffickers who organize and lead large operations. It carries a minimum 20-year sentence.
  • Drug importation – Importing controlled substances into the U.S. can lead to trafficking charges, especially for quantities over a kilogram. Penalties range up to life in prison.

The complexity of these charges makes choosing the right federal drug trafficking lawyer critical from day one. An experienced attorney will carefully examine the prosecution’s evidence and build the strongest defense.

Common Federal Drug Trafficking Defenses

Some potential defenses federal drug trafficking lawyers may use include:

  • You were not aware of the drugs or their quantity – For example, drugs were hidden in your luggage or vehicle without your knowledge.
  • The drugs were for personal use only – Despite the quantity, there was no intent to distribute or sell them to others.
  • You were entrapped – Law enforcement pressured you into committing a crime you wouldn’t have otherwise.
  • No evidence links you to the drugs – If drugs were never found “in your possession,” directly connecting you to them may be difficult.
  • The police violated your rights – If evidence was obtained illegally through improper searches or interrogations, it may be excluded.
  • You were just a minor player – Prosecutors often charge small players involved in conspiracies as “kingpins.” A lawyer can demonstrate your minimal role.
  • The informant lacks credibility – Informants often have incentives to lie. Their backgrounds and consistency may be challenged.

Skillful lawyers determine if any viable defenses may apply to your specific circumstances. Do not hesitate to discuss all options.

The Importance of Retaining a Lawyer Early On

The most critical time in any federal drug case is the early stages after arrest. Prosecutors build cases quickly, seeking to “lock in” defendants before they obtain counsel. An experienced lawyer guides you on:

  • What to say (or not say) if questioned – You have the right to remain silent. Give no statements without your lawyer.
  • Avoiding damaging conversations on monitored jail phones – Assume all jail calls are recorded. Say nothing about your case.
  • Seeking pretrial release – Your lawyer can argue for bail or bond to get you released pretrial.
  • Gathering evidence and witnesses – Memories and evidence fade over time. Preserving them quickly is key.
  • Beginning negotiations – Prosecutors may offer better deals before investing significant time in a case.

The aftermath of an arrest is disorienting. A top lawyer provides skilled guidance when you need it most.

How Can a Lawyer Help at Sentencing?

Even if a plea deal or guilty verdict results in a trafficking conviction, an experienced attorney’s work is not done. They play a critical role at sentencing by:

    • Gathering evidence of mitigating factors – These could include minimal criminal history, health conditions, addiction, charitable works, or cooperation.
    • Securing expert testimony – Doctors, addiction specialists, and others can explain how health or life factors impacted behavior.
    • Humanizing the defendant – Letters from family, friends, employers, and the community show the judge the full person.
    • Presenting sentencing memos – These argue for leniency, outline mitigating factors, and provide legal bases for the lowest possible sentence.

Although mandatory minimums limit options, there is often at least some discretion in sentencing. An effective lawyer exploits this fully through persuasive and emotionally compelling arguments outlining the unique mitigating factors in your case.

Conclusion – Federal Drug Charges Demand Experienced Counsel

Facing federal drug trafficking charges is frightening. But the legal system provides protections for the accused – if you have an experienced lawyer guiding you through the complex process. Do not leave your fate to chance. Consult with a federal criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can provide skilled advocacy, identify defenses, negotiate with prosecutors, and fight for the most favorable outcome in your unique case. With so much at stake, a knowledgeable legal advocate on your side is critical.


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