Drug Crimes

  • Possession of marijuana, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs
  • Possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription
  • Interstate and intrastate drug trafficking and distribution
  • Manufacturing and cultivation of illegal drugs
  • Over prescription and prescription fraud

Even a misdemeanor drug possession charge can have serious consequences. For instance, someone who has been convicted of drug possession may be unable to obtain student grants and loans, or a drug conviction may be used as a basis for deportation of a noncitizen. Our attorneys defend clients against all types drug charges and also works with clients who have been convicted of drug crimes to attempt to minimize the long-term impact of their convictions.

Federal Drug Conspiracy

Conspiracy is defined as an agreement between two or more people to commit a crime. Generally, anyone who conspires to commit any drug-related crime will be punished as though he had actually committed the crime.

In establishing a drug conspiracy, the government must prove three elements. First, the government must prove that there was an agreement to violate a drug law. Second, it must be shown that each alleged conspirator knew of the agreement and intended to join the conspiracy. Third, there must have been at least one act in furtherance of the intended conspiracy. Circumstantial evidence may be enough to prove each of these elements.

Federal law makes it illegal to knowingly or intentionally manufacture, create, or distribute controlled substances. It is also illegal to possess these substances with the intent to distribute them. The penalties depend largely on the amount of the drugs that were seized. Generally, a drug conviction of one or more kilograms of heroin, 5 or more kilograms of cocaine, 10 or more grams of LSD, 1,000 or more kilograms of marijuana, or 50 or more grams of methamphetamine will result in a sentence of 10 years to life. If death or serious bodily injury occurs, a conviction can mean 20 years to life and a fine of up to $4,000,000 for an individual. Penalties generally double for those with a prior felony drug conviction.