If you are a North Carolina resident facing drug trafficking charges, you may be feeling a little scared and confused, especially if you are accused of federal violations. All allegations of federal crimes are serious matters that should be treated with great care. Without the assistance of an experienced attorney, you could soon find yourself in over your head when it comes to federal prosecution.
How does the legal system determine the potential punishment for drug trafficking? First, the courts consider the nature of the drug — were you trafficking heroin, marijuana or some other illegal substance? The punishment for drug trafficking also depends on the geographic area of distribution. Drug distribution and trafficking charges generally range from about three years to lifetime prison sentences.
Drug trafficking is a felony that is far more serious than simple drug possession. Still, all too many individuals who were simply in possession of drugs have been charged with trafficking because officers believed they had the intent to sell. Large amounts of illegal substances and cash may lead officials to believe that you intended to sell the drugs.
Federal and state laws both affect your prosecution for drug trafficking and distribution. A number of federal drug laws exist, but each state also has its own code. In a legal system that often punishes low-level drug offenders with harsher penalties than those handed down to violent criminals, it has never been more important to secure reliable legal representation. An experienced criminal defense attorney can provide you with the information you need to mount an effective criminal defense against allegations of drug trafficking, conspiracy and other federal charges. You do not have to go through the process alone. If you need more information on federal charges, please visit our webpage on the topic.