Drug Crimes Defense
Although certain crimes are clearly federal (bank/mortgage fraud, securities fraud, internet crimes, pornography, etc.) and certain crimes are clearly state (drunk driving, assault & battery, robbery, burglary, rape, etc.) there are SOME crimes that could be prosecuted in either federal or state court. One example of these are drug trafficking offenses.
Drug trafficking charges can be brought in either state or federal court and it usually depends on how big a case is and whether there is evidence of the drugs being imported from outside the U.S. It can also depend on what police agency took the lead in the investigation since sometimes there is a multi-agency Task Force, with both state and federal agents. Because of the harsh federal sentencing guidelines, it is usually better for a defendant to be charged in state court rather than federal but, of course, the choice is not ours to make. Either way, our team approach is the same: thoroughly investigate the case, look for constitutional or other violations of defendant's rights (ie: illegal search, defective search warrant, no Miranda warnings), explore all avenues of defense by interviewing witnesses, visiting the scene, having independent lab analysis done, and, in all cases, taking the matter as seriously as do our clients.
Our approach to defending drug crime charges is successful because we aggressively defend our clients' rights. Call us right now at (800) 209-4331 so we can help choose the course of action that is right for you.
Don't Become a Casualty of the War on Drugs
While some may view drug use as a "victimless crime," the government views drug use as a direct contributor to violent crime. The federal government is leading a well funded war on drugs that measures its success by the number of arrests made and the size of drug busts. Drug charges are pursued very seriously at both the state and federal level.
The popularity of drugs leads many people to think of drug crimes as minor offenses. Do not underestimate the seriousness of drug charges. Most states have minimum sentencing guidelines that include prison time for drug possessions, trafficking, distribution and manufacturing.
Even a simple marijuana possession charge can result in a criminal record that makes it very difficult to find work! If the quantity is sufficient, you could find yourself in prison.
A serious concern if you are facing drug charges is whether the federal government is involved. Even if the charge is originally handled by your state, it can easily be handed to federal authorities.
The federal government has an entire agency whose purpose is to obtain drug convictions. Federal agents are experts in using high pressure tactics to obtain confessions and negotiate plea bargains that can land you in prison. Federal convictions carry severe required prison sentences based on Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Furthermore, under federal law, you will be required to fulfill 85% to 90% of your sentencing time without the possibility of parole.
Serious Charges Require Serious Defense
At The Chase Law Group, we have created a special department to handle drug charges. It includes experienced defense attorneys who have worked as federal prosecutors and have inside knowledge of the federal and state criminal process.
Our willingness to fight drug charges regardless of the cost to us has generated phenomenal results for our clients. One of the keys to our success is the vast team of specialists we have at our disposal to fight overzealous prosecutors at all levels of the government.
If you or someone you know may be facing drug crime charges, please do not hesitate to call us at (800) 209-4331 for a free, confidential initial consultation. Early intervention is critical to obtaining the best results.