Federal Drug Crimes

What are Federal Drug Crimes?

A federal drug crime refers to a criminal offense related to the manufacture, possession, distribution, or trafficking of illegal drugs that fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government in the United States. These crimes are prosecuted under federal laws, such as the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and other related statutes. Federal drug crimes typically involve activities that cross state lines, occur on federal property, or involve large quantities of controlled substances. There is often a connection to some aspect of interstate commerce.

Federal and state drug laws can be different. In most cases, this can be determined by the seriousness of the offense. For example, the crime of simple possession of a controlled substance will most likely be charged at the state level, even though it’s also a federal offense. But, if the amount in your possession was a large amount (more than would be considered for personal use) you may be charged both at the state and federal level. This is because you are no longer only charged with possession, but intent to distribute as well, a much more serious offense. Further, often both the state and federal governments have concurrent jurisdiction, and each could charge, convict, and punish without violating the Double Jeopardy Clause.

Common Federal Drug Crimes May Include:
• Trafficking;
• Manufacturing;
• Possession of controlled substances; and
• Conspiracy.


Federal drug crimes are charged differently than state drug crimes and have different sentences for those who are convicted. Controlled substances are placed in different categories known as schedules. These schedules range from Schedule 1 to Schedule 5, with Schedule 1 drugs being the most serious. Other factors can include the amount of the drug, whether it was transported across borders, whether you were the one who manufactured the drug, and more. Federal crimes usually carry more severe punishments for those who are convicted. Indeed, many federal drug offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences of five, ten, or more years. Twenty years could be the mandatory minimum sentence if death results from the ingestion of a drug sold in violation of federal law.

A federal drug crimes attorney is a lawyer who is experienced in representing individuals or organizations involved in drug-related offenses. Drug crimes can include possession, distribution, manufacturing, trafficking, or even conspiracy related to illegal drugs. Indeed, conspiracy is often charged in federal drug cases.

A federal drug crimes lawyer is knowledgeable about the specific laws and regulations surrounding drug offenses in the jurisdiction where they practice. They have experience in defending clients who have been charged with drug crimes and are familiar with the legal strategies and defenses that can be used to protect their client’s rights and interests.

Common Tasks that a Federal Drug Crimes Defense Attorney may Undertake:

Legal representation: They provide legal representation to individuals or organizations charged with drug-related offenses. This includes representing clients in court hearings, bail proceedings, and trial proceedings.

Case evaluation: They evaluate the evidence and circumstances surrounding a client’s case to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution’s case. This evaluation helps them develop an effective defense strategy.

Legal advice: They provide legal advice to clients, explaining the applicable laws, potential penalties, and the legal options available to them. They may also advise clients on the potential consequences and benefits of accepting a plea bargain.

Investigation: They conduct investigations to gather evidence that can support the defense’s position. This may involve interviewing witnesses, analyzing police reports, and reviewing the legality of the search and seizure procedures.

Negotiating with prosecutors: They negotiate with prosecutors to seek reduced charges, alternative sentencing options, or dismissals when appropriate. This could involve presenting mitigating factors or challenging the admissibility of evidence.

Trial representation: If the case goes to trial, a federal drug crimes attorney will represent the client in court, presenting arguments, cross-examining witnesses, and advocating for a not-guilty verdict.

Because federal drug crimes are charged differently than state drug charges, it is important that your attorney be familiar with federal drug laws and is admitted to federal court to represent people charged with federal crimes. The lawyers at the Attorneys for Freedom Law Firm have been representing people charged with drug crimes for over three decades. We have represented clients in both state and federal courts. Our lawyers are more than just drug defense attorneys, we are advocates for ending the war on drugs.

Our law firm has over three decades of experience representing clients in drug crime matters and will provide the best representation possible for people accused of drug crimes. To schedule a Strategy Session with an experienced federal drug crimes lawyer, contact the Attorneys for Freedom today. We represent clients nationally. We can be reached online at AttorneysForFreedom.com or by calling our Arizona office at 480-755-7110 or our Hawai’i office at 808-647-2423.


Arizona Office Address:
3185 S. Price Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85248
Phone: 480-755-7110
Hawai’i Office Address:
1003 Bishop Street, Suite 1260 Pauahi Tower
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813
Phone: 808-647-2423
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