UNDERSTANDING FEDERAL DRUG CASES
In the United States, federal law enforcement agencies are serious about enforcing federal drug laws. Federal drug charges and other federal criminal charges require an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney with a proven track record.
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- Criminal Drug Charges in Federal or State Courts
- Property Seizure in Federal Drug Cases
- Differences Between Federal Criminal Charges and State Criminal Charges
- Federal Sentencing Guidelines
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- Drug possession cases
- Drug cases involving marijuana
- Drug conspiracy
- Delivery of controlled substances
- Federal drug trafficking
- Drug manufacturing
- Money laundering
- Drug importation from Mexico
- Use of a weapon during the commission of a federal drug offense
- Operation of a Methamphetamine - Heroin Laboratory
- Operation of a drug stash house
- Operation of a Marijuana cultivation facility
- Illegal delivery - sale of prescription drugs
The Law Offices of Richard Carrizales, P.C. handles a wide range of federal criminal charges and will develop and provide an extensive and professional plan to help you and/or your loved ones if facing the possibility being arrested or charged with federal criminal drug charges.
Federal Government and Criminal Charges in Federal or State Courts
The Federal Government primarily uses task forces that combine law enforcement agents from federal, state and local authorities into a powerful prosecution team.
The Federal Government has the power to bring enormous resources at will against those who are caught up in a federal criminal investigation. More importantly, the federal government has the authority to choose to file the criminal charges in Federal or State Courts depending on which route is more beneficial to the federal government.
In most cases, people who get arrested and charged with federal criminal drug crimes don't even know why the criminal charges are being prosecuted by the federal government and in the federal courts system rather than in State Courts. Additionally, in many cases people who are charged with federal drug crimes are prevented from posting bond and are incarcerated during the pendency of their case.
Property Seizure in Federal Criminal Cases
In most cases, the federal government will typically attempt to seize vehicles, homes, and other valuable property and will actively seek permanent forfeiture of the property through the same federal courts handling their criminal cases and without any clear evidence that the property was purchased by illegal drug proceeds. Moreover, in many cases, federal drug enforcement prosecutors will use sentencing matters in relation to otherwise coerce defendants to give up their properties through a plea agreement or otherwise, possibly face stiffer punishments.
Additionally, experienced federal prosecutors in many cases incorrectly rely on false or misleading statements by others to sentence first time offenders and other defendants with minor criminal records to severe and harsh sentences with only minimal regard to the person's actual conduct, background or circumstances.
Attorney Richard Carrizales has years of criminal defense legal experience defending the rights of the accused in both State and Federal Courts in Texas and throughout the United States and can help you with your case. Additionally, Attorney Richard Carrizales is widely respected by the Federal Defense Bar Associations and State Criminal Defense Bar Associations, as well as, by many Judges, Police Officers, DEA, FBI Agents and other entities within the Federal Criminal Justice System. Call our law office now for a personal consultation with Attorney Richard Carrizales.
Differences Between Federal Criminal Charges and State Criminal Charges
Some of the major differences between federal criminal charges and state criminal charges are that in federal cases, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are utilized for sentencing purposes and the punishments are much harsher and severe, and less negotiable than in state sentencing. Possible penalties in federal sentencing include lengthy prison sentences and excessive fines.
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines follow a numerical system that calculates drug amounts and issues such as gun possession, crimes of violence, leadership or supervisory conduct in a drug conspiracy and prior criminal records to calculates sentences and minimum guidelines.
Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Federal Sentencing Guidelines use mandatory minimum guidelines which for many defendants will impose a harsh sentence that requires a certain mandatory sentence that will advise the federal judge of a minimum sentence that they should not go below. While the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are advisory for federal judges, in most cases, federal judges still follow the mandatory minimum guidelines when conducting sentencing for federal criminal defendants in federal drug cases.
Additionally, in some cases defendants charged with federal drug crimes can possibly help their case by cooperating with the government in explaining their role and the roles of others to possibly lessen their potential sentence. The Federal Sentencing Guidelines are very intricate and complicated and requires an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer to challenge federal prosecutors and negotiate for their clients in the most effective way legally possible to lessen the potential sentence for their client.
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The Law Offices of Richard Carrizales, P.C. handles a wide range of federal criminal charges and will develop and provide an extensive and professional plan to help you and/or your loved ones if arrested and charged with federal criminal drug charges. The Law Office of Richard Carrizales, P.C. is dedicated to providing the best legal defense available for the accused and has years legal experience to help you in your time of need. Call us now for a personal consultation with Attorney Richard Carrizales.