Phoenix has been identified by national and local law enforcement as one of the main distribution centers for drugs that enter the United States from Mexico. In recent years, the government has cracked down on drug trafficking in Arizona and has organized drug task force units comprised of state and federal agents.
In many cases, federal drug trafficking will also involve:
- Drug possession
- Possession with intent
- Drug distribution
- Drug sales
- Money laundering
- RICO charges
In addition to increased drug crime awareness, mandatory minimum sentences have increased as well. For a first-time offense, defendants face anywhere from 4 to 10 years in prison. Meth-related crimes can bring 5, 10, or even 15 years in prison for a first-time trafficking offense.
It is imperative that you seek the help of a knowledgeable attorney if you have been arrested for drug trafficking in Phoenix. Contact Suzuki Law Offices today for a FREE consultation.
Penalties for Drug Trafficking
With drug trafficking cases, you could be facing harsh punishment at both the state and federal level. The penalties may vary based on the type of substance, amount, and if other laws were violated in the process (such as money laundering).
You could be facing years or decades in prison and face fines as high as $500,000 for the harshest of offenses. In most cases, you may also have a felony conviction that results in the loss of employment opportunities and your right to bear arms, vote, and more.
Former Prosecutor with Federal Court Experience
Having an attorney on your side who has direct experience as a prosecutor can be a deciding factor in the outcome of your case. There is no substitute for federal court experience when you are facing felony prosecution in U.S. District Court. Our lead attorney, Richard Suzuki, is a former federal prosecutor / Assistant United States Attorney who can apply these insights to your case. If you have been arrested, indicted or targeted in an investigation, contact Suzuki Law Offices
Case Highlight: Our client was allegedly caught with 162 lbs. of marijuana, firearms, and drug paraphernalia. Under Arizona's sentencing guidelines, the client was facing 4 to 10 years in prison. Attorney Richard Suzuki took the case to trial and the client was found not guilty on all five counts (C.R. 2010-111266-002).
Federal drug trafficking charges often come as a result of intense investigations and months or years of planning by different government agencies. The DEA, ATF, and FBI often coordinate with state and local authorities. Hundreds of man hours go into building a case. Because we know how the feds think and are familiar with federal court procedures inside and out, we can help you fight a conviction or limit the adverse impact on your life. We know how to attack serious drug charges.
Possible Defenses in Drug Trafficking Cases
Here are some of the possible defenses for drug trafficking in Arizona:
- Wiretap violations
- Witness Credibility
- Police Officer Credibility
- Lack of Evidence of intent to sell
- Challenging drug lab results
- Challenging chain of custody
These are merely a few defenses that your drug trafficking attorney may use to win your case. Contact our Phoenix drug trafficking lawyer for a FREE consultation.
Arrested? Get the Right Defense Lawyer On Your Side.
At Suzuki Law Offices, our Phoenix drug trafficking attorneys do everything in our power to reduce the consequences of a drug trafficking arrest related to cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, or other drugs. We can work with you to help you achieve the best possible results in these serious matters. If you are under investigation or have been charged with drug trafficking, it is critical that you seek the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Even if you aren't sure if charges will be filed, it is better to be careful and get legal advice. At Suzuki Law Offices, we can help you understand your rights.
To get started, contact us online for a free and confidential consultation from a Phoenix drug trafficking lawyer from our firm.
What to Do If You Think You Are Under Investigation by the DEA
If something doesn't seem right, there's a very good chance that the government is watching you. In drug trafficking cases, it often turns out that the accused was under surveillance for months before he or she was eventually arrested.
Federal agencies like the DEA watch potential defendants through various means, such as wiretapping and undercover agents. The government also works with confidential informants to gather information and evidence against suspected criminals.
The Phoenix drug crime lawyers at Suzuki Law Offices can make sure that your rights and freedom are protected at all times.
If DEA agents or local law enforcement ask to speak with you:
- Get a lawyer's advice first. You have the right to speak with an attorney if you are being questioned.
- Do not consent to a search. Unless the agents have a warrant, you can refuse to consent to a search in most circumstances.
- Do not submit to questioning with investigators; officers already believe you committed the crime and are merely looking for additional evidence to secure your conviction.
Our firm is available to take your call 24/7, so please do not hesitate to contact us today.
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