The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) monitor all types of criminal activity throughout the country, conducting investigations into widespread criminal operations and arresting individuals once they believe they have sufficient evidence to charge them with federal crimes. Specifically, drug-related criminal cases prosecuted at the federal level commonly generate from both DEA and FBI investigations. The DEA is primarily responsible for enforcing federal drug laws across the country and arresting individuals they suspect have violate US drug laws.
If you or a family member have been arrested by the FBI or DEA, or any other federal agency for a drug-related offense, you could face years in prison, heavy fines, and loss of your civil rights, such as your right to vote and carry firearms if you are convicted. Every American citizen charged with a crime has the right to legal counsel, and it is crucial for you to take full advantage of this right and find a federal drug crime defense attorney you can trust if you have been arrested on any federal drug charge.
Attorney Michael J. Rosen, P.A., can provide the responsive and aggressive defense counsel you need when you’re facing federal drug crime prosecution. While most possession-related offenses are prosecuted at the state level, federal law enforcement will handle cases involving any drug-related criminal activity that crosses state lines or violates other federal laws, such as drug distribution and drug conspiracy. In addition to these cases posing the threat of substantially greater penalties to defendants than what they would face in state-level criminal cases, federal criminal cases also unfold rather quickly.
Time is a critical factor for anyone arrested on federal drug charges. The sooner you find a defense attorney you can trust, the better your chances are of reaching a suitable outcome for your case. Attorney Rosen maintains a small caseload to ensure every client has full access to our team’s experience and resources at all times throughout their case. Our firm excels at trial preparation, helping clients confidently approach their courtroom appearances. When a conviction appears likely, our team can plea bargain on behalf of our client, potentially reducing their final sentence. Ultimately, we are prepared to adapt our strategies to whatever unique challenges your federal drug crime case presents.
Attorney Rosen has defended clients nationwide in all types of federal criminal cases, including those pertaining to drug charges. For example, if your drug-related criminal offense involved any activity that crossed state lines, involved the importing or exporting of drugs across international borders, or if your activities were large enough in scope to catch the attention of federal law enforcement, your case would be prosecuted at the federal level. You need a defense attorney who understands the procedures and special rules of the federal criminal justice system, and our firm can provide the counsel you need no matter what unique challenges you face in your case.
The DEA upholds a Schedule system, assigning different illicit substances to Schedules I through V based on their ability to cause harm, their medical value, and their overall potential for misuse and abuse. Schedule I drugs are considered to have no medical value and present a clear potential for abuse. Heroin, LSD, and marijuana are Schedule I substances. Cocaine, morphine, and many prescription painkillers qualify as Schedule II. Most federal drug cases focus on Schedule I and Schedule II substances, but it’s possible for any federal criminal case to involve all types of substances, and even significant violations involving Schedule IV and Schedule V substances can lead to severe penalties for conviction.
Penalties for federal drug offenses typically depend on the type of drug, the quantity in question, and the nature of the defendant’s illegal activities. The defendant’s penalties could increase dramatically if they committed additional offenses, such as possession of illegal weapons or engaging in any violent crime related to their drug operation, and the judge can also enhance penalties based on the time a criminal operation persisted and the amount of illegally obtained value the defendant realized through their actions.
Attorney Michael J. Rosen, P.A., provides every client with decades of federal criminal defense experience. Our team is selective in the cases we accept to ensure we maintain a balanced caseload and that our clients have full access to their defense counsel through all stages of their federal court proceedings. If you are charged with federal drug-related offenses, it’s very likely that the federal law enforcement agency handling your case already believes they have enough evidence to convict you.
When conviction seems to be a likelihood, you need a defense attorney skilled at plea bargaining to help you minimize the penalties the judge assigns you in sentencing. Most federal prosecutors are willing to exchange plea deals with some defendants, effectively trading swift guilty pleas and conservation of court resources for lighter penalties and/or reduced charges. When it comes to sentencing in federal drug crime cases, aggravating factors are variables that work against the defendant, while mitigating factors can encourage leniency from the judge.
If you were the subject of a federal investigation, a good federal drug crime defense attorney is your best asset. If you have been wrongfully arrested or if you were forced to participate in drug-related criminal activities against your will, you will need an experienced federal drug crime defense attorney to prove the truth of your situation. In addition, if you did commit the offense in question, your defense team would still be a valuable asset when it comes to reducing your penalty.
Do not delay exercising your right to legal counsel when facing federal drug charges. Attorney Michael J. Rosen, P.A., can help you determine the best defense strategies available to you, prepare you for each phase of your trial, and provide ongoing support and guidance through all stages of your case. If you’re ready to discuss your options with a federal drug crime defense attorney you can trust, contact us today to schedule a consultation with our team.
“Ultimately, trial preparation and defense is what we do.” – Michael J. Rosen.
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