Navigating the Federal Drug Statutes

Federal drug statutes make it illegal to possess, distribute or manufacture illegal drugs, or to conspire with others to do so.  These illegal drugs include, but are not limited to Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, LSD and Heroin. They also include possession with intent to distribute over the counter drugs such as Oxycodone, Percocet and Xanax.  Federal drug charges vary in severity from no mandatory minimum jail time (potential probation) to a mandatory minimum of ten and in some instances 20 years in prison.  The “safety valve” is a potential escape hatch from some of the mandatory minimum sentences for certain offenders.  There are also various programs available to certain defendants such as the POP program, and RDAP, which are programs that can possible help you avoid jail time or reduce your exposure to it.  If you or a loved one are charged with a federal drug crime, you need a federal criminal defense attorney who has the experience and ability to understand and navigate through the complexities of the charges and who has a proven track record of fighting hard for her clients and obtaining satisfying results. You need the experience and dedication of Lorraine Gauli-Rufo. Ms. Gauli-Rufo gives clients the personal attention they need for their specific certification and takes the time to analyze and asses each client’s case.

Offenses with federal drug charges can range from simple possession, importation into the country, include conspiring with others to distribute or manufacture illegal drugs, among many other offenses. There are also additional charges for possessing drugs on federal property, or distributing drugs in certain areas (school zones) or to certain individuals (those under 21 years of age).  Many drug offenses are charged within a RICO offense, which involves charges brought against groups of people involving two or more distinct crimes.  The intricacies of the statutes mandate that you have a federal criminal defense lawyer with experience handling these types of crimes.

Federal drug penalties can expose individuals to tremendous amounts of jail time – some of them with 5, 10 or even 20 year mandatory minimum sentences.  If you or a loved one are charged with a federal drug crime, call or email Lorraine Gauli-Rufo at LGR Law.  Ms. Gauli-Rufo specializes in federal criminal defense, and has handled hundreds of federal drug cases and has over 20 years of federal criminal defense experience. She is the federal criminal defense attorney to call when you or a loved one is facing a federal drug charge.

To discuss the federal criminal defense update, or criminal law more generally, reach out to New Jersey and New York criminal defense lawyer Lorraine Gauli-Rufo at 973-239-4300 or at LGR LAW for a consultation today. For more information about the firm, please visit LGR LAW’s website.

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