4 Types of Federal Drug Conspiracy Charges
Unlike domestic violence charges or minor felonies, federal drug conspiracy charges are quite serious. Drug conspiracy is defined as an agreement to violate federal drug laws. If you have been charged with this type of crime, is essential to have guidance from an experienced Atlanta criminal defense attorney. At the Law Office of Nick Lotito and Seth Kirschenbaum, we will review your case and fight any evidence that the government is using. The government must prove that you have been a part of an agreement to violate federal drug laws and that you knew of the unlawful agreement and joined it anyway.
Types of Drug Conspiracy Charges
Manufacturing a Controlled Substance
This includes any activities that involve producing, processing, repairing, or extracting a controlled substance. In other words, it involves anything from growing marijuana plants to pressing pills.
Distributing a Controlled Substance
This includes delivering drugs to another party. Money does not have to change hands.
Processing a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Distribute
In reality, possessing drugs is a separate crime than manufacturing or disturbing it. However, if the government has proof that an individual had an intent to distribute possessed drugs, all penalties are the same as distribution. In fact, the government can use prior drug sales and possession of paraphernalia and drugs as evidence.
Importing a Controlled Substance
As with distribution, this involves the importation of drugs into this country. Many times, it involves lies to officials in U.S. Customs.
Enhancements in Drug Conspiracy Cases
As if regular penalties are not bad enough, there are other laws that "enhance" sentences for federal offenses. In reality, these can drastically increase the minimum sentences within conspiracy cases.
- If a person dies or is severely harmed as a result of using a drug used in a conspiracy case.
- If a person being charged has one or multiple prior felony convictions for drug offenses.
Working with a Trusted Atlanta Criminal Defense Lawyer
Our law firm has successfully defended individuals who have been charged with federal drug conspiracy. We understand the best ways to fight the charges and to win a "not guilty" verdict. If you need representation at the federal or state level for cases of DUI, domestic violence, or drug conspiracy, let our team form a vigorous defense. To schedule a consultation with Nick Lotito & Seth Kirschenbaum, call us at (404) 471-3177.