Hire A St. Louis Federal Drug Crimes Lawyer
Getting arrested and charged for a drug-related crime is never a good thing, especially if those charges end up being federal. The federal laws for drug-related crimes typically carry more severe penalties, which is why it’s even more crucial that you find yourself a qualified St. Louis criminal lawyer who knows how to defend federal drug charges.
Typically when a drug case is federal it means that the DEA is or has been involved in the investigation. The DEA has a stated mission that says the following:
“The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.”
It then goes on to further state the following about its main responsibilities:
“In carrying out its mission as the agency responsible for enforcing the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States, the DEA’s primary responsibilities include:
- Investigation and preparation for the prosecution of major violators of controlled substance laws operating at interstate and international levels.
- Investigation and preparation for prosecution of criminals and drug gangs who perpetrate violence in our communities and terrorize citizens through fear and intimidation.
What’s important to point out about this is that the DEA is typically involved in only the most major violations of the controlled substance act or in cases where drug-related crimes are crossing state lines. The point is that if the DEA has you in their sights you need to be worried. They have the unlimited resources of the federal government and the federal asset forfeiture laws at their disposal and if they want to make your life a living hell they can easily do so.
Federal Drug Crimes Penalties
The federal sentencing guidelines for drug crimes are quite different and much more severe than the Missouri guidelines. Under federal law, you can be charged with trafficking based on the amount of the drug you have in your possession. So a person can be considered engaging in drug trafficking when manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense any amount of a prohibited narcotic. So the amount of the specific drug will determine whether you are “trafficking” or not, and it is different for each drug.
Federal guidelines specify minimum and maximum sentences that are determined based on your criminal history, the amount and type of substance, the location of the crime, and the circumstances of the crime.
The bottom line is that federal drug crime laws are complex and if you are facing charges for federal drug trafficking, federal drug conspiracy, federal drug distribution, federal drug manufacturing, federal marijuana growing violations, federal cocaine possession, federal heroin possession, federal marijuana possession, federal crack cocaine possession, or any other federal drug crimes you need to call Combs Law Group today. We can help you with your federal drug crimes case. Call us at 314-451-2711.