Federal Drug Trafficking Charges
When a person is charged with the federal crime of drug trafficking, it is critical to recognize the seriousness of the penalties that are a dangerous possibility if convicted. Hiring the right attorneys as soon as possible after learning about an investigation or actually being charged is of paramount importance. The skilled and pugnacious criminal defense attorneys at Greco Neyland, PC are ready to go to battle against the Assistant US Attorney who will be prosecuting the case.
Federal trafficking charges may involve the manufacturing, distribution, transportation, or sale of drugs; however, it is possible to be charged with trafficking without engaging in any of these activities. What distinguishes this from other charges is the amount of drugs involved in the activity. Therefore, if a person is found to be in possession of an amount of drugs that qualifies under the trafficking statute, then he can be charged with the crime of trafficking, regardless of intent.
When charged with federal drug trafficking, the following issues are going to be considered:
- Did the accused have a sufficient amount of drugs in his possession and was the possession intentional – it is necessary for the accused to have knowingly possessed the drugs. This means that a situation where a friend asked someone to store a suitcase that, unbeknownst to the person doing the favor, contained enough heroin to justify a trafficking charge will not face criminal prosecution for trafficking if he did not know what was in the case. However, if a person knowingly possessed the drugs, it does not matter what the person’s thoughts were about the situation;
- The quantity that justifies a trafficking charge depends on the type of drugs, but once a person reaches the requisite level, then he/she can be charged with trafficking;
- Activities that crossed borders – the federal government normally charges individuals with drug trafficking when there are acts in two or more states or across national borders. In addition, federal charges are more likely when there is a major drug operation.
Federal trafficking charges relating to possession of Schedule I or Schedule II drugs can lead to a mandatory minimum prison term of 10 years. Drugs that fall within these categories include Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamines, Fentanyl, LSD, and PCP. Trafficking charges always involve serious penalties.
A charge of federal drug trafficking means that a person is facing a serious risk of decades in prison, as well as fines that can bankrupt a family. It is critical to get the right legal help as soon as possible. At Greco Neyland, PC, we understand the severity of the charges and will defend our clients aggressively. We understand how the prosecution is going to use the seriousness of the situation to attempt to bully our client into accepting a plea deal, but we will not give in to these tactics.
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to defeat a trafficking charge in Federal court. While this is no easy feat, you must begin by analyzing the facts of the case and look over ever phone call, wire tap, surveillance video, etc., in excruciating detail. When you know the case better than the AUSA, you have given your client a fighting chance. Issues such as whether or not the amount of drugs rose to a sufficient level to justify the charge or that the accused never actually possessed the drugs are very key factors that must be looked into. In addition, the legality of the investigative techniques may be challenged as well. Regardless of the legal strategy, it is important to get to work on the defense as soon as possible.
Greco Neyland, PC Aggressively Defends Its Clients against Trafficking Charges
Drug trafficking charges have the potential to wreck a person’s life, and that of their immediate family, so it is crucial to get the right legal team fighting for you as soon as possible. The skilled New York Criminal Defense Attorneys at Greco Neyland, PC will go to battle on your behalf. The two founding members each have worked as narcotics prosecutors in the past, so they understand how the other side is going to try to build a case and we will use that knowledge to challenge each part of the charges. We also believe in a legal team approach to criminal defense, so your attorney will have effective resources to build the best defense strategy possible. We never cave in to the attempts of the federal prosecutor to pressure our clients into accepting a plea deal and only recommend this resolution to our clients if it is truly in their best interests.
Our Manhattan office is located just a few blocks from the Southern District’s Federal courthouse in lower Manhattan, and we are just across the Brooklyn bridge from the Eastern District’s Federal courthouse located in Brooklyn. We offer a zealous defense at reasonable rates. We don’t believe you have to be rich to be able to afford quality legal representation. In addition to our Manhattan office, we also have an office in White Plains, New York, which is located within walking distance to the Southern District’s Federal Courthouse located in White Plains. These office locations mean that we can get to our clients’ side quickly, which is critical when federal agents are using every passing moment to attempt to railroad a defendant into making incriminating statements.
Don’t be that guy that waits too long to hire a competent federal defense attorney and ends up in prison later on because he spoke with federal agents, thinking it was in his best interest. Call us right away to schedule a free consultation so that we can discuss how Greco Neyland, PC can help you by calling us at (212) 951-1300.