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What Are Federal Drug Charges?
Federal drug charges become federal offenses when certain circumstances are involved, including large amounts of controlled substances and/or drug conspiracy cases. These charges involve allegations that an individual (s) committed, or planned to commit, a crime that violates federal drug laws.
Federal Drug Crimes Include:
- Possession w/Intent to Distribute
Federal drug charges are tried at a serious level and can result in harsh penalties. An experienced criminal defense attorney is needed to represent clients facing these serious allegations.
What Does Federal Drug Conspiracy Mean?
Federal drug conspiracies are an agreement between two or more individuals to commit a crime that violates federal drug laws. These charges are applicable in a wide range of criminal cases and federal prosecutors use the vague nature of these allegations to their advantage.
Conspiracy charges only require two elements.
Elements of a Federal Drug Conspiracy Include:
- 2 or more people agree to commit a crime.
- One action is taken towards committing the crime.
In many cases, individuals facing charges for involvement in a federal drug conspiracy were not involved in the crime. This is a tactic that federal investigators use in an attempt to obtain evidence from those that they believe may have information about the crime.
What Are Types of Federal Drug Conspiracies?
There are several types of conspiracy crimes that are a violation of federal drug laws. These include agreements to manufacture, distribute, process, or import an illicit drug.
The harshest elements in cases of drug conspiracies are that these charges do not require any monetary exchange, drug distribution, or an actual crime to occur. These cases only require plans to execute the crime and a step to be taken in these plans.
What are the Penalties for Involvement in a Federal Drug Conspiracy?
Harsh penalties can result if the prosecution can prove that the defendant knowingly made an agreement to participate in a crime that violates federal law.
Charges can also be enhanced in certain situations, increasing minimum prison sentences significantly
Enhanced Penalties May Occur When:
- Defendant has convictions of previous drug and/or felony charges.
- An individual is hurt as a result of the conspiracy.
- Conspiracy cases that involve a minor child.
Penalties for a conviction on federal drug charges depend on several factors, including the amount of drugs involved. These convictions generally result in felony charges that carry minimum prison sentences of anywhere from 5 to 20 or more years.