While the possession of small amounts of an illegal substance may be handled by a state court, federal drug crimes refer to greater offenses, like possession with the intention to distribute, sale, trafficking, manufacturing, or cultivation of illegal drugs. Furthermore, the law also prosecutes the production of controlled substances in a severe manner, as it is often incentive for other types of punishable behaviors, such as drug cartels, organized crime, and gangs. Only a competent criminal defense attorney is capable of either eliminating or reducing the charges brought upon an individual with relation to drug offenses. Drug offenses jeopardize the future and emotional welfare of an individual and should be treated with a notion of urgency.
If you or loved one is being investigated for a federal or state drug offense, you will need Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Brent Mayr, a Board Certified Attorney, Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law, with unmatched experience and knowledge at both the state and federal levels. Allow one of the best in criminal defense to work in your favor by contacting Brent Mayr today and calling (713) 808-9613 or contact us online.
What is the penalty for a federal drug crime?
Federal crimes are even more serious because often the penalties are much more harsh. The penalty for a federal drug crime will vary depending on a series of factors taken into consideration by federal prosecutors. In addition, for many federal drug offenses, the judge has no discretion to give lighter sentencing and there are limited opportunities for probation and parole. Some of the factors that will affect the severity of the punishment include:
Although federal and state governments prosecute any type of illegal substance, the four most looked-after, in addition to prescription medications, include:
Many people have the misconception that possessing a “small” amount of an illegal substance will not have great repercussions. However, the definition of “small” is not the same for people as it is for federal and state prosecutors. At the state level, even an amount as little as four grams of cocaine may be categorized as a first degree felony, the same level of felony as a murder, aggravated sexual assault of a child, and aggravated robbery.
A qualified and experienced attorney like Brent Mayr can eliminate or reduce the drug charges against a client. Because law enforcement often oversteps their boundaries, Brent Mayr will zealously fight the accuracy of the government’s evidence, and find the instances in which government agents violated your Constitutional rights that protect you against illegal searches and seizures. As a former prosecutor, Brent Mayr is greatly acquainted with federal and state drug laws, and can use his experience to defend your case and help you rectify the damages that charges can cause on your future, career, and family.
If you or a loved one is being investigated for a drug offense, contact the Board Certified criminal defense attorney Brent Mayr by calling the number (713) 808-9613 or contact us online.