Drug Distribution Charges | Drug Distribution Lawyer

A Federal Drug Distribution Lawyer Will Defend You in Court

Federal drug distribution charges in the United States are a serious matter. Those convicted of drug distribution charges in federal court are subject to minimum sentencing guidelines that usually mandate lengthy prison sentences. 

State courts usually prosecute drug possession charges. But drug trafficking and distribution charges are often prosecuted at the federal level. Federal charges have much more severe penalties for conviction, and you will need a skilled federal drug distribution attorney on your side. 

Federal drug distribution charges can become more serious based on the amount and type of controlled substances that were involved. Your criminal history will also come into play at sentencing. Further, if you were importing drugs into the US, or if your distribution crime was near a school, the sentencing guidelines may mandate even stiffer penalties. 

Our attorneys at the Zoukis Consulting Group are experts in criminal defense, and they have the skills and experience to defend you in court if you’ve recently found yourself charged with federal drug distribution. Our team will present evidence in your defense and negotiate with the court and prosecutors on your behalf. 

If you have been charged with any federal drug crime and need an attorney to work on your behalf, call us today. If you’ve already been convicted of drug distribution at the federal level, we also have consultants who can help prepare you for life inside federal prison.

Is Drug Distribution a Federal Crime?

Drug distribution is defined as the sale, transportation, or import of illegal drugs. This is also known as drug trafficking. It is a federal crime and usually a felony, with the potential for lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines on conviction.

Drug trafficking or distribution is more than simple drug possession.

There are also state-level drug distribution laws. For instance, some states prosecute possession of smaller amounts of certain drugs as distribution, whereas the federal code only kicks in at higher amounts. 

While not all drug distribution charges rise to the level of federal prosecution, many do. And if you were the leader of a group distributing drugs, or if your crime involved the possession of a firearm, prison term enhancements may see you spend additional time in federal prison. 

What Is Drug Distribution?

The federal Controlled Substances Act governs the ‘schedule’ of drugs. This classification system lists each drug and assigns it a place on the schedule according to how dangerous it is and whether or not it has accepted medical uses. 

Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I narcotic, meaning it is among the most restricted at the federal level. Codeine, on the other hand, is listed as a Schedule V narcotic, meaning that the federal government views it as less dangerous and addictive. 

Illegal possession of any drug on the federal schedule is a crime. But, when your crime rises to the level of possession with the intent to manufacture or distribute, and it crosses state boundaries, its prosecution may fall under federal drug possession laws.  

The federal government also prosecutes cases where individuals have made drug sales to undercover federal agents. 

What Are the Punishments for a Federal Drug Distribution Conviction?

The punishments for a federal drug distribution conviction are severe. A person convicted of violating drug distribution laws will be sentenced depending on the amount of the illegal substance in question.

Federal statutes dictate the penalties (fines and prison sentences) for conviction of federal crimes. A federal court conviction of possession of a controlled substance can be staggering. For instance, federal guidelines specify that possession of 1000 kilograms of marijuana, 5 kilograms of cocaine, or 1 kilogram of heroin can carry a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

The length of sentencing increases for distribution or possession of larger quantities of illegal substances. Penalty enhancements come into play if you have prior convictions or your crime also involved significant bodily harm or death.

A Federal Drug Distribution Lawyer Will Defend You in Court

Any time you are dealing with the legal system, it’s essential to have legal representation. When you are involved with the federal system and drug distribution charges, the stakes are very high. If you are being prosecuted for federal drug distribution, call the Zoukis Consulting Group for help today. 

Even if you only suspect you are the target of a federal investigation, contact our attorneys immediately. And if you have already been convicted, our prison consultants are ready to help you prepare for your sentence. 

Federal charges are a significant development in your life. We’re here to help. Call us today so we can begin working on your defense.