If you are facing drug charges in federal court, you are in a fight for your life. Federal criminal defense lawyers do not take on low-level drug cases or cases that do not involve significant jail time.
My name is Jim Crawford. For the past 18 years, I have defended people in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis, Bel Air and throughout Maryland who have been charged with federal drug crimes. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
How Are Federal Drug Charges Different From State Drug Charges?
Federal prosecutors often take on cases involving large quantities of drugs that cross state lines. Evidence may be gathered through wiretaps and confidential informants. Confidential informants are usually people who have been arrested themselves and provide evidence against someone in exchange for lenient treatment.
Federal drug charges often include a conspiracy charge. “Conspiracy” means that you planned the crime with someone else. You do not have to actually commit the crime to be charged with conspiracy. All prosecutors need is evidence that you played a role. Conspiracy charges allow federal prosecutors to cast as wide a net as possible. Even someone who had a peripheral role in a drug transaction can face the same charges as the leader.
Prosecutors may also charge drug defendants with racketeering if they have evidence that the people charged committed more than one criminal act.
Federal sentencing guidelines for drug crimes typically call for longer periods of incarceration than state drug sentences. If you are convicted of a federal drug crime, it’s not a matter of whether you are going to prison, but for how long. The early involvement of an experienced attorney can keep the focus on treatment rather than lengthy incarceration.
To protect your future, contact me, Maryland federal drug charges lawyer Jim Crawford, before you talk to police or anyone else. I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To contact a federal drug charges lawyer in Maryland, call 443-709-9999.
The criminal defense attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates defend clients in Annapolis and Baltimore, MD, charged with drug possession crimes in federal court.