Federal Drug Charge
If you or a loved is facing a federal drug charge you have much at risk. The sentences for a federal drug charge are harsh even if you or your loved one has no prior criminal history. These cases are difficult to face, defend and most carry mandatory minimum sentences.
Trusted Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
So, if possible, hire a skilled, experienced and hardworking attorney. James Esparza can help. From decades of practice, James Esparza has learned how to dismantle a federal drug charge. We can challenge the evidence on the grounds of an illegal search and seizure, insufficient evidence, inconsistent eyewitness testimony, or lack of physical evidence. If a confidential informant is involved in the case, we know how to challenge their credibility.
Federal Drug Charge
- Drug Transportation or Trafficking
- Drug Cultivation
- Drug Possession
- Drug Manufacturing
- Drug Importation
If you are facing a federal drug charge you need a qualified attorney.
Possession With Intent to Distribute
If you or a loved one has been indicted for possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance in the United States District Court, you need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney. An attorney that will work hard for you and create a defense that is tailored to the facts of your case.
Most federal drug charges involve section 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1). The section reads: it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally – (1) to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or possess with the intent to manufacture, distribute, dispense, a controlled substance; or (2) to create, distribute, or dispense, or possess with the intent to distribute or dispense, a counterfeit substance.
Federal Criminal Penalties
The penalties for a 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) violation is dependent on the type of controlled substance involved, such as Heroin, PCP, LSD, Crack Cocaine, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, or Fentanyl and the amount (weight). For example, typically a person convicted for violating 21 U.S.C. 841shall be sentenced to a prison term not less than ten (10) years or more than life and if death or serious bodily injury results for from use of such substance then the sentence is increased. Also, if a firearm is involved the sentence is enhanced for the separate offense of possession of a firearm.
Finally, possession of chemicals that are used to make any of the prohibited substances falls into this category.
The list is comprehensive and the penalties harsh.
Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
Federal drug offenses carry mandatory minimum prison sentences upon conviction. It is for these reasons that you need a qualified competent federal criminal defense attorney. James Esparza will pursue every single defense on your behalf. Call James Esparza at 801-272-9100 for a confidential consultation. We can help.