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Better understanding drug trafficking charges


Illegal drugs are prevalent in California. As a result, law enforcement is often on the lookout for drug traffickers and drug distributors. But those who find themselves in custody facing federal drug offense allegations may ask themselves what constitutes drug trafficking.

Drug trafficking is the illegal import, sale or transportation of controlled substances. When a substance is controlled, that means it is governed by law. Typically, drug trafficking crimes arise with substances like marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin are involved. However, any drug regulated by the law, including prescription pain killers, can be illegally trafficked, which could result in arrest and subsequent criminal prosecution.

Drug trafficking crimes are felonies that carry harsh penalties. Individuals convicted of these offenses could be imprisoned for life, depending on the drug and the amount that is alleged to have been trafficked. Even if a convicted individual successfully serves his or her prison sentence, the felony conviction will remain on his or her criminal record, damaging that person's reputation and personal and professional goals. Thus, when one faces federal drug offense allegations, it becomes imperative to aggressively fight the charges.

In California, residents can find help from an experienced legal professional. These attorneys can work diligently and fiercely to protect the legal rights and freedom of criminal defendants, giving them a chance to reclaim their freedom and good reputation. Even if obtaining an acquittal or getting charges dropped is not possible, an accused individual's attorney may be able to help him or her negotiate with prosecutors to obtain less severe penalties that allow them to get back to their normal life more quickly.

Source: FindLaw, "Drug Trafficking/Distribution," accessed on Aug. 23, 2014

Source: FindLaw, "Drug Trafficking/Distribution," accessed on Aug. 23, 2014

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