In America’s escalation battle over drugs, even seemingly minor offenses can quickly become serious. One thing a lot of individuals do not realize is just how quickly a drug charge can become a federal crime. At Abrams Trial Law, our attorneys have deep experience with defending drug offenses at trial. Learn more about federal drug charges below, and contact us today for assistance with your case.
What Makes A Drug Charge A Federal Crime?
Generally, the vast majority of all crimes are prosecuted in state courts. This Is because most crimes are state crimes. However, a crime may also be prosecuted by the US Attorney-the federal government’s prosecutors-If the crime concerns the federal government. Here are some situations that can lead to federal drug charges:
The Arrest Was Made By Federal Law Enforcement
Think conservation officers and park rangers aren’t real law enforcement? Think again. If you are arrested by a federal law enforcement officer, it doesn’t matter what quantity of drugs you had or the nature of the crime. It can be pursued as a federal charge. Federal law enforcement may include:
- Coast Guard
- Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
- S. Marshal Service
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Federal Law Enforcement Park Rangers
- Federal Conservation Officers
- Postal Service
You Were Caught On Federal Government Property
Many federal agencies have law enforcement departments that the public isn’t even aware of. If you are caught in a suspected drug offense on federal property, you can face federal drug charges. While federal property can Include military bases and government sites, there are plenty of otherwise private businesses that are constructed on government lands as well. For instance, all national monuments and parks are federal property, as are all federal courthouses and federal buildings.
The Crime Involves More Than One State
Perhaps the most common reason for a federal drug charge Is that someone crossed state lines with drugs or traveled from one state to another to purchase drugs.
Federal Charge Significance
Federal drug charges often carry heavier sentences, and you will have to serve the majority of your sentence under federal guidelines.
Get Help With Your Case
If you are facing federal drug charges, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help. If you are facing federal charges in Texas, the attorneys at Abrams Trial Law are ready to help you. Attorney Warren Abrams is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist and Former Chief Prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office, with over 30 years of experience. As a former Assistant District Attorney and felony prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Joshua Abrams also has tremendous courtroom experience fighting difficult cases.
Contact Abrams Trial Law today to set up a free initial consultation.