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Federal Drug Charges

Fighting Federal Drug Charges in NYC

Information You Need to Know

Depending on the amount of drugs in question, the situation in which you were arrested, and whether anyone was injured or killed, you may be facing federal drug charges for something as ostensibly simple as drug possession, or for more serious offenses such as drug trafficking. The federal government has a separate set of laws concerning controlled substances.

There is a separate classification system of drugs as well; schedule I drugs are not accepted as medically useful and they have a high incidence of addiction and abuse, whereas schedule V drugs are often used in over the counter medicines and have a low incidence of addiction and abuse. It is possible to be tried in both state court and in federal court. Federal crimes are not handled in the same manner as state crimes.

They are investigated and prosecuted by federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and they require the legal counsel of a criminal defense attorney who is permitted to practice in the federal court system. The New York City drug defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Daniel A. Hochheiser have aggressively and successfully defended the rights of innumerable clients in federal court, and are well-equipped with both the knowledge and practice necessary for your case.

Drug Trafficking and Federal Drug Crimes

Drug trafficking is the most serious federal drug crime, and it is the only drug charge that is always prosecuted at the federal level, even if it is also prosecuted at the state level. The charge is based upon the quantity of the drugs, as well as any mixtures found with the drugs. Even if someone possessed narcotics for personal use and was not intending on distributing them, if it is more than a particular amount, he or she will be automatically charged with federal drug trafficking.

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