Federal Drug Trafficking
The Drug Enforcement Agency has the discretion to make arrests for possession of even small amounts of illegal substances. While the DEA is tasked with taking down widespread illegal drug trafficking operations, innocent people can be caught in the web of arrests and wind up facing extremely harsh penalties.
Federal prisoners do not have the option of parole and charges typically carry mandatory minimum sentences. A large majority of those facing federal charges plead guilty. A knowledgeable lawyer can advise if a plea is the best option for you or if your case is strong enough to be defeated at trial.
Federal Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney in Salt Lake City
Suspicion that you have played a minor role in the distribution of a federally controlled substance in Utah can land you with a major prison sentence. Federal judges rule harshly and are guided by mandatory minimums, your criminal history, use of a deadly weapon, the involvement of a minor, and other factors. Let Levitt Legal, PLLC present your best case to the judge and jury.
Federal cases are long, tough, and require practice. Attorney Darren Levitt can manage your defense so that you can focus on organizing your personal life. Call (801) 455-1743 today to schedule a free phone or in-person consultation.
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Federally Regulated Illegal Substances
The Controlled Substances Act created a classification system for illegal drugs and chemicals used to make drugs, ranking them in groups according to their danger, potency, and addictiveness.
Schedule I drugs are seen as the most dangerous drugs without any currently accepted medical use. Included in this group is marijuana (cannabis), heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ecstasy, peyote, and methaqualone.
Though neighboring state Colorado has a legal recreational marijuana market in addition to legal medical marijuana, Utah has only legalized a form of “high CBD” cannabis oil for medical purposes. Therefore, if you have been charged with crossing into Utah from Colorado with marijuana in your possession, you may be facing serious federal drug trafficking charges.
According to the federal government, Schedule II drugs are also extremely dangerous, though less so than Schedule I, and may lead to physical or psychological dependence. Included are some commonly prescribed medicines that are illegal when used without a legitimate prescription, such as Adderall, Ritalin, OxyContin, Demerol, Dexedrine, and others. Additionally, Schedule II encompasses cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone, morphine, opium, and fentanyl.
Schedule III drugs have less risk of dependency as Schedule II. They include Vicodin, Tylenol with codeine, ketamine, anabolic steroids, and testosterone.
Schedule IV controlled substances, such as Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, and Ambien, are defined as having a low risk of dependence and abuse.
Schedule V drugs include codeine cough syrups, Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica, and Parepectolin.
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Federal Penalties for Drug Trafficking
Drug possession and distribution is illegal in Utah and punishable by state law. Federal agencies work closely with local and state law enforcement in combatting the drug trade, doling out money, training, and equipment. Jurisdiction for drug offenses may fall to both Utah and federal agencies, though the federal government will typically handle prosecution of large-scale drug conspiracies that cross state or international borders, involve the U.S. Post Office or another mail carrier, take place on federal land or on an airplane, or involves illegal weapons.
Federal penalties are extreme. Possession of any amount of a controlled substance can be punished by up to one year in prison and a minimum fine of $1,000. A second offense costs up to two years and no less than $2,500 fine. A third offense lands the defendant in federal prison for no less than 90 days and up to three years. The minimum fine increases an amount greater than $5,000.
If the charge is distribution or possession to distribute, the fines become exponentially higher. Prison time also jumps considerably, especially for those with prior convictions. If you are found distributing any amount of controlled substance, a first-offense federal penalty can be up to 20 years in prison. Since the 1970’s, these excessive punishments have contributed to the United State’s top status for world’s largest prison population.
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Finding the Best Federal Drug Trafficking Criminal Defense Lawyer in Utah
The prosecution in federal cases can be uncompromising in their pursuit of charges. Over 90% of federal defendants plea guilty and face severe penalties if the trial is lost. You should not have to go through this ordeal alone. A strong legal defense is priceless because your freedom is priceless.
Send a message or call (801) 455-1743 today to schedule a first consultation. After reviewing the unique facts of your case Levitt Legal, PLLC can immediately begin reviewing evidence, interviewing witnesses, and strengthening your defense.