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Drug crimes may implicate both state and federal charges

Officials across the country have been mounting large-scale drug stings. Last week, a force involving federal, state and local law enforcement officers served arrest warrants on over 40 suspects in a nearby jurisdiction. The suspects are accused of various drug crimes, including dealing. Of particular note is the preparation that went into the sting: Authorities began their investigation about six months in advance.

If you have been arrested on drug charges, it is important to understand the types of charges you may need to defend against. The specific charge generally depends on the type of drug, the amount, and whether misdemeanor, felony or even federal drug charges apply.

In some cases, both state and federal crimes may be implicated. Federal law provides a schedule of controlled substances, with associated penalties. If an individual is also accused of selling, he or she may be charged with conspiracy or dealing charges, both of which are also felonies.

Unfortunately, a defendant may not know how his or her case will be prosecuted. If prosecutors decide to pursue federal charges, a defendant’s case may be transferred from state to federal court. Unfortunately, federal drug charges often implicate more serious penalties, including bigger fines and more jail time.

Our law firm has represented clients facing drug possession charges for substances including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines and prescription drugs. We have also provided legal advocacy for defendants charged with manufacturing of marijuana and methamphetamines. We advise anyone facing drug charges to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can fight for the best outcome, such as avoiding having the charges escalate to the federal level.

Source: IndyStar, “Drug arrests made in Johnson County,” Vic Ryckaert, March 7, 2017

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