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Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

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When a large amount of an illegal substance is found during an arrest or investigation, it can lead to federal drug trafficking charges. Any sort of illegal or controlled substance in a considerably large amount can constitute this federal charge.

Federal drug trafficking charges and investigations often involve large amounts of:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamines
  • Prescription medicines

If you have been accused of or charged for federal drug trafficking, you need to act in your defense at once. The prosecution is certainly building their case. Due to the sociopolitical stigma surrounding drug trafficking accusations, you can also be certain that the prosecution will be adamant about putting you behind bars.

Call (602) 603-4032 as soon as you can to connect with Maria Jones Law Firm. Our Phoenix federal drug trafficking defense lawyers have the experience and tenacity needed to stand up for your rights when you feel up against a wall due to the strength of the prosecution. Everyone has the right to a fair trial and to defend their good name. We would be honored to be the criminal defense team that gives you that chance.

Contact us at any time. We are available 24/7 for client emergencies.

Penalties for a Federal Drug Trafficking Conviction

The potential penalties that could be used in sentencing if you are convicted of federal drug trafficking vary noticeably. Various factors will determine how the punishment is calculated, such as what illegal substance was allegedly trafficked. The common thread among the penalties is severity, though. No matter why you were charged with federal drug trafficking, you can be certain that the penalties will be heavy and lifechanging.

The two main factors of federal sentencing are:

  • Federal prison time: Being convicted of a federal crime will send you to federal prison, not a county or state jail. Some sentencing requirements can even put you in prison for life without parole.
  • Steep fines: It is not uncommon for federal drug trafficking sentencing to include a six- or seven-digit fine.

For example, marijuana trafficking is often considered one of the “least serious” types of federal drug trafficking crimes. Yet a first offense for trafficking less than 50 kilograms of marijuana can still put you in federal prison for five years and pay $250,000 in fines if convicted.

The reputation damage you suffer due to a federal drug trafficking conviction can also be devastating. Most federal convictions cannot be expunged or erased from your criminal record, meaning it will follow you for the rest of your life. You will encounter significant difficulty whenever applying for new employment, loans, residency, educational opportunities and more.

Federal Drug Trafficking Charge Escalation

The basics of a federal drug trafficking charge are only the beginning of your drug crime case, though. Due to the severity of the violation, you can safely assume the prosecution handling your case will look for ways to escalate your charges if you have not yet been arraigned. The more your charges escalate, the worse the penalties upon conviction will be.

Federal drug trafficking charges can escalate due to:

  • Violence or weapons used during the act of trafficking
  • Crossing state, national, or international borders with trafficked substances
  • Increasingly large amounts of an illegal substance in your possession
  • Your own criminal history
  • How you were allegedly involved with a drug trafficking operation

It might be possible that your federal drug trafficking charge is paired with a conspiracy or racketeering charge. Prosecutors and investigators may find evidence that suggests you were not acting alone while allegedly trafficking narcotics. When a drug trafficking operation is organized and involves preplanning, it could be enough to constitute these other charges, which will bring their own penalties upon conviction.

Agencies Investigating Federal Drug Charges

Your federal drug trafficking case will be up against stronger opposition than most any other criminal defense case will encounter. As a federal crime, federal agencies representing the interests of the United States federal government will likely pitch in to help with investigations.

Agencies that could investigate your charges include:

  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • United States Postal Service (USPS)

On paper, federal agencies are meant to help with investigations, not with prosecutions. In reality, though, it is more than likely that federal investigators will be skewed to act in the favor of the prosecution, giving them evidence early and even discussing how to use it against you.

When everything is considered, the scales of justice are tipping out of your favor the moment you are arrested for drug trafficking. You need to act immediately to start rebalancing them and defending yourself from the accusations. Get our Phoenix federal drug trafficking attorneys on your side by calling (602) 603-4032 at your first opportunity.

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