The constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement. Therefore, the police cannot bust into your house to look for drugs based on mere suspicion. However, the police sometimes conduct illegal searches and seizures and even seize evidence. As a result, you may find yourself facing charges backed by such evidence, and […]
A Proven Attorney For Your Federal Drug Crimes Defense
Facing criminal charges is never a good thing, but federal criminal charges are especially serious. Convictions for manufacturing, possessing or distributing illegal substances can lead to significant consequences, including long prison sentences, harsh fines, and the ongoing complications of having a felony conviction on your record. These harsh penalties make having a good defense strategy crucial.
In North Carolina, you can turn to the accomplished criminal defense lawyers of Vavonese Law Firm, PC, for a fierce defense of your rights, your freedom and your future. We understand what it takes to succeed at the federal level, and we have extensive experience defending our clients in federal courts against damaging drug charges. Call 919-833-7454 now for a free initial consultation. Your defense cannot wait.
Federal Drug Schedules
Drugs are organized into “schedules” at the federal level based on their potential for abuse and potential medical uses. The schedules, ranging from the highest potential for abuse to the lowest potential for abuse, are:
- Schedule I: Heroin, fentanyl, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana, and ecstasy
- Schedule II: Hydrocodone (vicodin), cocaine, methadone, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin
- Schedule III: Products containing up to 89 mg of codeine (Tylenol with codeine), ketamine, anabolic steroids, testosterone
- Schedule IV: Xanax, soma, tramadol, and valium
- Schedule V: Cough medications with less than 200 mg of codeine (Robitussin AC)
- Schedule VI: Marijuana
This is not an exhaustive list of all controlled substances. If you have been charged with possession or trafficking of any drug at the federal level, it is crucial to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Do not assume you are safe from federal penalties due to the drug not being seen here.
Federal Drug Penalties
The penalties for federal drug crimes are severe and that is only just the beginning. Having a conviction on your record will haunt you for the rest of your life, making it difficult to find and maintain employment, obtain housing and work in licensed professions.
Criminal penalties include mandatory minimum sentences. Using heroin and cocaine as an example, a possession conviction could result in the following prison sentences depending on the amount of the drug in question:
- 5KG of cocaine: a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison
- 1KG of heroin: a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison
- 500g of cocaine: a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison
- 100g of heroin: a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison
In a case with a mandatory minimum sentence required by law judges have little to no discretion in sentencing absent certain circumstances. It does not matter if you are a good person who made one bad decision or found yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time; their hands are tied by these mandatory minimum sentences. The only way to avoid them is to make sure you have an attorney capable of mounting the best possible defense based on the facts in your case. The best outcome may be achieving an acquittal at trial or pleading guilty to a lesser offense to take the harshest penalties off the table.
Federal Marijuana Charges
Federal marijuana crimes range from possession of a small amount on federal property to importing thousands of kilograms into the United States. The penalties range from probation to mandatory prison sentences depending on the charge.
Vavonese Law Firm, PC, handles all types of federal marijuana charges, including:
- Possession of marijuana
- Possession with intent to sell and/or deliver
- Manufacture marijuana
- Importation of marijuana
The federal government has not joined the states in their relaxed attitudes about marijuana. For example, a federal possession charge for 100KG of marijuana will result in a prison sentence between five and 40 years.
Federal Cocaine And Crack Cocaine Charges
Federal cocaine and crack crimes can range from possession of a small amount on federal property to importing thousands of kilograms into the United States. A significant number of cocaine and crack cocaine charges carry mandatory minimum prison sentences. Vavonese Law Firm, PC, represents clients who are facing all types of federal crack and cocaine charges, including:
- Possession with the intent to sell and/or deliver crack or cocaine
- Crack or cocaine sale and/or delivery
Federal Meth Charges (Federal Methamphetamine Offense)
These cases can have serious penalties upon conviction, and a federal crime can drastically alter the rest of your life. If another charge is filed against you in conjunction with a meth-related charge, such as an assault or any other type of crime, you are facing increased penalties. We handle all types of federal meth charges, including:
- Possession with the intent to sell and/or deliver
- Sale and/or delivery
Federal Fentanyl Charges
Opioid abuse is a major problem in our country. Fentanyl is among the most abused of these types of prescription drugs. Some potential Fentanyl-related charges you could face include:
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Death by distribution
Silence Is Golden
You will not be able to talk your way out of your predicament no matter how much you believe the facts are on your side. Anything you say can and will be used against you by law enforcement officers, federal agents, federal prosecutors, and others who are focused on putting you behind bars. You have the right to remain silent, and we recommend you exercise it until you have had a chance to discuss your situation with us. We can take it from there, insulating you from potential pitfalls, and guiding you through a successful defense of your rights.
Vavonese Drug Laws Legal Blog
Most people have heard the word “entrapment” on police shows or in movies and have some vague sense of what it involves. It’s crucial to understand what it is if you believe that you were entrapped into committing a crime. Entrapment typically involves a law enforcement officer persuading someone to engage in criminal conduct that […]
North Carolina still does not allow the use of recreational marijuana. In fact, lawmakers are still debating whether or not they should even allow medical marijuana, which is so common across the United States. On a national scale, though, recreational marijuana laws have been changing significantly. Many states have decided to allow it, permitting the sale […]