FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES
The Controlled Substances Act criminalizes the possession and distribution of certain drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) enforces the laws outlined in the Controlled Substances Act. The Act classifies drugs into five different Schedules or categories. The law also establishes regulations for distributing and manufacturing drugs. The Act defines the following federal drug crimes:
- Drug manufacturing;
- Drug trafficking;
- Continuing criminal enterprise crimes;
- Conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, or import illegal drugs;
- Distributing illicit drugs in unlawful locations or to persons under the age of 21;
- Simple possession of controlled substances without a valid prescription; and
- Investing drug profits from illegal drug sales in interstate businesses.
Drug charges are inherently serious with life-changing ramifications. When brought in federal court, mandatory minimum sentences may apply upon conviction. A defense attorney experienced in the defense of drug crimes can protect your or the rights of a family member against these serious charges.