Federal Drug Crimes

Phoenix Federal Drug Crime Lawyers

Mr. Suzuki is a Former Assistant United States Attorney Standing Up for You Against Serious Federal Charges

A federal drug allegation or charge should not be taken lightly. You do not need just any criminal defense attorney. You need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney that has handled hundreds of federal criminal cases. Richard J Suzuki has handled thousands of federal cases both as a former federal prosecutor and a federal criminal defense attorney.

Attorney Richard J. Suzuki is a former Assistant United States Attorney (federal prosecutor) and has handled thousands of federal cases. In fact, Mr. Suzuki has been privately retained to handle large federal drug trafficking and money laundering cases from beginning to end in many jurisdictions across the U.S. These include:

  • United States Middle District Court of Florida
  • United States Eastern District Court of Michigan
  • United States District Court of Montana
  • United States District Court of Utah
  • United States District Court of Washington
  • United States District Court of Colorado
  • United States Southern District Court of Illinois

Richard Suzuki has also handled state drug trafficking cases in Arizona, California, and Colorado.

To learn more about how our firm may be able to help you, contact our skilled Phoenix drug crimes lawyer at (602) 842-6762.

Federal Drug Crimes – What’s at Stake

After being brought up on federal drug charges, it is important that you retain a lawyer who has in-depth familiarity with this complex area of federal criminal defense. Federal investigators will spend weeks, months, or even years building their case against you before they make their arrest. In addition, the laws that govern federal investigations and trials are different than state laws, which is why not just any attorney can handle these complicated federal matters.

The federal government has imposed strict sentencing United States Sentencing Guidelines on those convicted of a federal drug trafficking crime. Judges have less flexibility in their decisions because of mandatory minimum sentencing rules involved for specific drugs, or actions. Many cases have mandatory minimum 10 years, and the US Sentencing Guidelines can be even more severe. In addition, if a gun was involved during the crimes, 18 U.S.C. 924, adds an additional 5 years consecutive to your drug sentence and a two-level upward departure from the United States Sentencing Guidelines. A careless or inexperienced federal defense attorney can lead to life imprisonment.

Our Phoenix federal criminal defense attorneys can help find the loose threads in the prosecution’s case against you. We can work to counter their strategy, building a strong case based on the unique circumstances and evidence in your case.

Potential Penalties for a Conviction

The outcome of federal drug cases can vary wildly based on the type of substance. This is organized according to “Schedule,” with Schedule I drugs, like heroin and ecstasy, being the worst, and Schedule V drugs, those with accepted medical use and lower potential for abuse, being punished less harshly. In addition to the type of drug, punishment will also be based on the quantity of the drug in question and the facts surrounding your circumstance and the federal agent’s investigation.

Suzuki Law Offices can help you through a range of charges, including:

  • Manufacturing or cultivation
  • Distribution or intent to distribute
  • Possession or possession with intent to sell
  • Trafficking
  • Sale
  • Money Laundering

Experience Federal Defense

It is important that you do not hesitate to take action after a federal drug crime investigation or arrest. By that point, the prosecution may have already had time to build a strong case against you. The sooner our Phoenix federal drug crime attorney is able to get to work on your behalf, the better your chances at receiving a favorable outcome. We understand what it takes to go up against federal prosecutors, Mr. Suzuki was one of them, and our in-depth knowledge of both sides of an issue allow us to build comprehensive cases that protect your rights, reputation, freedom, and future.

Take action now. Call (602) 842-6762 or contact Suzuki Law Offices online to discuss your charges.

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  • Our team has in-house Private Investigators that are retired from law enforcement
  • We are aggressive and honest in our pursuit to uphold your rights
  • We are a devoted and highly rated team of professional advocates
  • We will review your case for FREE in an initial consultation
  • Our firm has recovered millions of dollars for our clients
  • Our defense lawyers are fluent in both English and Spanish
  • Our attorneys have worked on the other side of the courtroom
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  • “Richard J Suzuki is an outstanding lawyer, extremely professional and responsive. If there was every any question my family or I had Richard was able to answer almost instantly. He was able to get a ...”

    - Rosa
  • “Despite my fears, Matt not only maintained his composure and professional demeanor, but he also helped calm me down and bring me back down to earth.”

    - Karen
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  • “Richard took charge of my case firmly and confidently and he guided me through what could have been a harrowing experience with life-changing and disastrous results with relative ease.”

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