Miami Drug Trafficking Lawyers
Federal Penalties for Drug Trafficking
Federal investigators and prosecutors are coming down hard on persons suspected of drug trafficking or any violations of federal drug laws. Maximum penalties will be pursued, which could add up to decades or even life in federal prison, not to mention fines in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Property seizure is another possible consequence of a federal drug trafficking investigation or conviction.
If you have discovered that you are the subject of a drug trafficking investigation, or if you have already been taken into custody or served a search warrant, you need a competent attorney to defend your constitutional rights. Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law may be able to help. Our seasoned Miami drug trafficking lawyers share over 35+ years of collective legal experience and work together to develop robust defense strategies that forward our clients’ best interests.
Drug Trafficking Defined
Drug trafficking may be defined as the illegal cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, or sale of controlled substances. These acts are prohibited by state and federal law and are often charged at a federal level if state lines or national borders are crossed, or large quantities of drugs are involved.
Federal Drug Trafficking Laws & Penalties
The severity of charges and penalties for drug trafficking will depend on the type and amount of drug involved.
A first offense for drug trafficking involving any of the following is punishable by 5 to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 million as an individual or $25 million as an organization/group:
- Cocaine (100 to 4,999 grams)
- Cocaine base (28 to 279 grams)
- Fentanyl (40 to 399 grams)
- Heroin (100 to 999 grams)
- LSD (1 to 9 grams)
- Methamphetamine, pure (5 to 49 grams)
- Methamphetamine, mixture (50 to 499 grams)
- PCP, pure (10 to 99 grams)
- PCP, mixture (100 to 999 grams)
A second offense for the above is punishable by 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $8 million as an individual and $50 million as an organization/group.
Increased penalties will apply for larger amounts of controlled substances, or for defendants with prior drug trafficking convictions. A conviction for drug trafficking involving 1 kilogram of heroin, for example, is punishable by 10 years to life in prison, plus $10 million in fines for an individual or $50 million for an organization/group. A second offense for the same may be 20 years to life in prison, plus a $20 million fine for an individual or a $75 million fine for an organization/group.
Fighting Federal Drug Trafficking Charges in Miami, FL
Federal drug trafficking penalties are extreme. Threatened with years or life in prison, plus millions of dollars in fines, your only hope of avoiding a conviction is to counteract attempts by federal investigators, agents, and prosecutors.
At Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law, we know how to face off against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Attorney’s Office, and other federal agencies and personnel – even though they are typically armed with more experience and resources than their state and local counterparts. We have resources of our own and use these, along with our own experience and insight, to deliver better results in the face of drug trafficking charges.
Contact our office today to discuss your case with a skilled Miami drug trafficking attorney.