Federal Drug Charges
Federal Drug Charges Lawyer
Federal drug charges can be very different from state charges. Federal narcotics charges may involve a large conspiracy or the importation of drugs into the state. Further, federal charges generally carry a much higher sentence than state charges.
When the United States Attorney’s Office charges a person with a federal drug charge, they most likely have already investigated the case. Because the prosecutors have had a head start in their criminal investigation, it is crucial to contact an experienced federal defense attorney like Brett Podolsky as soon as possible. He will need to immediately begin working on the case to build a strong and aggressive defense on his client’s behalf.
What Qualifies as a Federal Drug Charge?
Most state narcotics charges may also qualify as a federal crime. The most basic federal drug crimes are as follows:
- Drug trafficking
- Drug manufacturing
- Distribution of narcotics
- Distribution of narcotics while possessing a firearm
In addition to the above list, many times the United States Attorney’s Office will charge a drug conspiracy against a person. The charge of conspiracy will make any drug charge more complicated and the penalties can rise substantially. An experienced federal defense attorney like Brett Podolsky understands the difficulties involved in defending these types of cases.
Penalties for a Federal Drug Conviction
Federal drug convictions will carry extremely high sentences that will be served in a federal prison. The exact sentence for each drug conviction will vary for each person based on the weight of the drugs recovered and the defendant’s criminal history. However, the basic legal penalties may be:
- Imprisonment from ten years to life
- Court costs
- A term of supervised release
- Loss of federal benefits
In addition to these immediate penalties, a person convicted of a federal crime will lose his right to vote and his right to possess a firearm. Further, a federal conviction will make it more difficult for the offender to find a job, he may not be able to further his education and a conviction may negatively affect the person’s business and personal relationships.
How Can Brett Podolsky Help?
A seasoned defense attorney is invaluable on the federal level. Attorney Brett Podolsky has over 15 years of experience and will put his knowledge to work for his clients. He will carefully evaluate his client’s case and will look for prosecutorial weaknesses to exploit. He will work quickly and competently to dismantle the prosecution’s case. His main goal will be to either reduce the charges against his client or to have them dismissed altogether. He will work tirelessly towards the best possible outcome for his client.
Contact the Law Office of Brett A. Podolsky for a free consultation at 713-227-0087.