Back in December we discussed how the penalties for a federal drug offense are often dependent upon the drug that was involved and how it fits into the federal drug schedule. This is highly important information for those facing drug charges, but it might also be helpful to understand why a drug is scheduled the way it is. This way, an accused individual is able to go into his or her legal defense fully informed of what he or she is up against.
Last week's blog post discussed the scheduling of illegal substances and how schedule determination can affect potential penalties. Drug trafficking is aggressively prosecuted in our country as the War on Drugs continues to rage. Even seemingly minor drug crimes can be charged as a federal drug offense, forcing you to confront the possibility of years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. Additionally, a criminal conviction can ruin your reputation, ability to find housing, and even obtain an education.
Drug charges, especially those involving drug trafficking, are serious and threaten accused individuals with years behind bars and thousands of dollars in fines, if not more. A prosecutor's case in these instances, as with most criminal cases, will rely on the available evidence. So, when damaging evidence is presented against you, you certainly want to try to get it suppressed. Here are some ways that can be done.
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.
With more and more states from California to Michigan legalizing marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes federal authorities are keeping a close watch for illegal trafficking operations. While the decreased stigma in some areas may give people a sense that marijuana is no longer aggressively prosecuted, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, federal drug trafficking crimes as well as other state and federal drug offenses that involve marijuana, can still land a person behind bars for a very long time.
While there may be subtle shifts taking place in public perception concerning the war on drugs, authorities continue to aggressively target people for state and federal drug crimes. And, in California, while the scope of state and federal drug offenses is broad, federal authorities are putting a lot of resources into federal drug trafficking operations. California residents may have heard about a recent drug bust that caught quite a bit of media attention.
Drug trafficking or distribution refers to the sale, transportation and importation of illegal substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine and other unlawful controlled substances. While the penalties for federal drug offenses range dramatically, individuals convicted of drug offenses are likely to face stiff fines and prison. It is also important to note that both federal and state laws are implicated in most drug trafficking cases.
A federal grand jury recently returned drug distribution indictments for a couple and the couple's adult son. The investigation into the couple allegedly revealed that marijuana was grown in California and then transported to another state where it was sold. Each of the three was charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and with one count of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
With its close proximity to Mexico, Southern California has long been notorious for drug trafficking and the illegal drug trade. Unfortunately, sometimes good people can get caught up in the bad decisions of others. This is sometimes referred to as guilt by association. While association may be enough to make the police suspicious, it is not enough to put a person behind bars. In such cases, it is vital to build a strong defense.
California state and federal drug trafficking laws make it illegal for individuals to sell, transport and illegally import certain controlled substances such as methamphetamine, heroine, cocaine and marijuana. Penalties for drug trafficking offenses can range dramatically depending on a variety of factors such as the type of drug involved in the transaction, the amount of the substances and a person's past legal history.