Drug charges can be uniquely challenging for defendants, as they are considered both state and federal crimes. This means that any drug charge, whether for possession of marijuana or sale of cocaine, can escalate to the federal level depending on the circumstances.
Unfortunately, defendants rarely know how their case will be handled or in which court. In some situations, a state case may be transferred to the federal system. Once at the federal level, defendants tend to face harsher prosecution in addition to steeper penalties.
Federal Drug Schedule And Potential Penalties
The penalties associated with federal drug crimes are based on the schedule of the drug and the amount found in your possession. The schedule is as follows:
- Schedule I drugs include heroin, methamphetamines and cocaine
- Schedule II drugs include morphine and opium
- Schedule III drugs include LSD and anabolic steroids
- Schedule IV & V drugs often include prescription medications
Depending on the circumstances, you could face anything from a misdemeanor charge to a felony that could result in years in prison. In addition to a prison sentence, you could face steep fines and court fees.
We Put Together A Strong Defense
Whether your case is initiated by federal agents or transferred to the federal system, you may find that a case has already been built against you. Charges may include the most severe consequences in order to seek a plea deal that may not lead to a good outcome for you.
At Kammen & Moudy, we know how intimidating criminal drug charges can be and how worried you may feel to face them. With an attorney from our firm, you can rest assured you are not going at this alone. We will work hard to secure an outcome that truly has your best interests in mind.
If we cannot resolve your case outside the courtroom, we are not afraid to take your case to trial where we will aggressively advocate on your behalf while also protecting your rights and future freedoms.
Schedule A Free Consultation
If you're facing federal drug charges, don't hesitate to take action. Contact our firm online or call our Indianapolis office at 317-759-7814 to make an appointment with one of our experienced lawyers. We offer free initial consultations to residents in Marion County, the surrounding suburbs and throughout Indiana.