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
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