With proposed criminal reforms and challenges to mandatory sentencing making
headlines over the past year, we at Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. would like
to address some of the particulars of
drug crimes. In this blog, we will discuss what types of offenses are classified as
federal crimes and how they are sentenced under the nation’s mandatory
FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES
Both state and federal laws make it a crime to
possess, distribute, or
traffic large quantities of illegal controlled substances. However, federal drug
charges are much more serious than those filed at the state level, and
come with much harsher penalties. Federal crimes have a mandatory prison
sentence of up to ten years in prison for a conviction.
You are likely to face federal drug charges if:
- You are caught manufacturing or selling illegal substances
- You are caught on federal property
- You are caught by an undercover federal agent or federal informant
- You are caught trafficking or distributing illicit substances (usually
involving large amounts of drugs that are transported over state lines)
- You are accused of drug conspiracy
- State and federal prosecutors have agreed to try you at the federal level
PENALTIES AND SENTENCING FOR FEDERAL DRUG CRIMES
Federal drug convictions currently come with mandatory sentencing under
the law (although reform may be imminent). These sentences are based upon
the type and amount of the drug involved, as well as whether any weapons
were involved and the accused person’s criminal history.
If the offense involves 1,000+ kilos of marijuana, one+ kilo of cocaine,
50+ grams of meth, or 10+ grams of LSD, an individual will face 10 years
to life in prison. If serious injury or death occurs in connection with
the crime, that minimum can be increased to 20 years and possibly include
a fine of up to $4 million.
Offenses involving 100+ kilos of marijuana, 500+ grams of cocaine, 5+ grams
of meth, or 1+ gram LSD come with prison sentences of five to 40 years,
with the possibility of 20 years to life in prison if the crime resulted
in injury or death. Fines for these offenses can be up to $2 million.
EXPERIENCED & EFFECTIVE DRUG CRIME DEFENSE
As a former prosecutor, Attorney Richard Suzuki of Suzuki Law Offices,
L.L.C. has extensive experience handling both federal and state-level
drug offenses. If you have been arrested in connection with a drug crime,
or if you suspect that you are under investigation, you owe it to yourself
to contact a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer at our firm. Our lead attorney
has achieved successful results in even the most complex cases, including
everything from conspiracy cases to multi-million dollar drug cases. You
can be confident in our ability to represent you effectively, skillfully,
The longer you wait to call, the more you put you freedom at risk.
Call us today at (602) 842-6762 to begin speaking with a lawyer about your case.