What Do You Need To Know About Drug Trafficking Charges?
Drug trafficking and drug dealing can be addressed at either the state or federal levels. When you are arrested for a drug crime of any sort, it is critical to work with an attorney who understands how the system works and the tough consequences you are up against. Getting legal help as soon as possible should be a top priority.
The attorneys at The Region Lawyers understand how serious these charges can be, as well as how intense the investigations can get. Penalties for convictions vary based on the offense, but can generally include fines, jail time, a permanent criminal record and other long-term effects on your ability to secure housing, loans, employment opportunities and more. We are trial attorneys who will put our experience to work for you.
Understanding Drug Trafficking Vs. Drug Dealing
Drug trafficking is typically prosecuted as a federal crime, while drug dealing is prosecuted as a state crime. Drug trafficking charges are investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). These charges carry high stakes, often with mandatory minimums of five to ten years in prison. With any federal charge, working with an attorney who understands how the system works and has tried cases at the federal level is critical. Attorney Russell W. Brown Jr. is a trial attorney with experience at both the state and federal levels. He can provide necessary insight into what to expect, as well as how to build your defense strategy.
While drug dealing charges are prosecuted at the state level in Indiana, these can still be charged as felonies and carry serious consequences. The penalties will depend on the amount and type of drug discovered but typically include fines of up to $10,000, in addition to jail time.
What Can You Do?
For any type of drug charge, it is essential to work with an attorney to help protect your rights and mitigate the consequences. There are a few potential defenses to these charges, and an attorney with experience in both the state and federal courts system in Indiana can help outline your options.
If you’ve been accused or charged with drug trafficking or drug dealing, contact us at The Region Lawyers to learn how we can assist you. Use our convenient contact form to get in touch, or call our Merrillville office at 219-961-3814. We offer free initial consultations and serve clients in Gary, as well as throughout the state of Indiana and northern Illinois.