FEDERAL DRUG CONSPIRACY CASES
Title 21, Chapter 13 of the United States Code, better known as the Controlled Substances Act, is the federal law which governs and punishes the various federal drug crimes. Specifically, the Controlled Substances Act is used by Federal Prosecutors to charge people with major drug charges. The punishments under the Federal Drug Laws are severe, with many of the charges carrying mandatory minimum prison terms.
WHAT IS A FEDERAL DRUG CONSPIRACY CHARGE?
In the Eastern District of Michigan, the United States Attorney routinely charges major drug offenses under the banner of conspiracy. Under 21 U.S.C. 846, “any person who attempts or conspires to commit . . .a Federal Controlled Substance Act . . . shall be subject to the same penalties as those prescribed for the offense.” What this means is that you could be held responsible for the drug deals and acts of other people, so long as the government can prove you acted together in furtherance of the conspiracy.
In order for the Government to prove a drug conspiracy, first they have to show that some type of criminal agreement existed between two or more people to possess or distribute narcotics. To prove a criminal agreement, it is not enough to show that people simply met from time to time and talked about common interests, or engaged in similar conduct. Instead, the Government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was a mutual understanding, either spoken or unspoken, between two or more people to cooperate with each other to possess or distribute drugs.
DRUG CONSPIRACY CHARGES UNDER THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT
At our firm, our attorneys have handled many different types of Federal controlled substance cases. This includes prescription pill sales, large scale marijuana operations, and heroin and cocaine distribution. Generally, when the Federal Government is charging you with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, the chances are the amount of narcotics is very high. For example, we’ve handled cases where our clients have been accused of distributing in excess of 500 kilograms of cocaine.
PUNISHMENTS FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ACT
The punishments for a violation of the Federal Controlled Substances Act are extremely severe. Most of the penalties involve mandatory minimum prison time which can range in excess of ten years. We have handled cases where the maximum penalty under the controlled substance act exceeded 30 years imprisonment.
FIGHTING TO WIN A FEDERAL DRUG CONSPIRACY CASE
Both Richard and Jim Amberg have tried major drug conspiracy cases resulting in not guilty verdicts. We understand the complexities behind understanding and deconstructing the Government’s case. Filing cutting edge motions throughout the pretrial phase and hiring the best experts and most experienced private investigators throughout the trial are some of the many methods which we use to win.
If you need our help, call us or email us today. Our attorneys believe in what they do and they believe in your innocence. We are industry recognized leaders in criminal representation and we fight to win.