Experienced & Professional Defense for Clients in Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston Parish & Beyond
While many drug-related offenses fall under the jurisdiction of the state, certain drug crimes are prosecuted at the federal level. Generally speaking, if you are arrested by a federal official for a drug crime, you will face federal drug crime charges. Like any other type of federal case, these typically carry harsher penalties, including longer prison sentences and steeper fines, than state criminal cases.
If you or someone you love is facing federal drug crime charges, it is essential that you reach out to a qualified criminal defense attorney right away. You need someone who is experienced in federal criminal defense, like the team at The Ambeau Law Firm. With over a decade in practice, our Baton Rouge federal drug crime defense lawyers are prepared to fight tirelessly for you, your future, and your freedom. We serve clients in Baton Rouge, Prairieville, Gonzales, Livingston Parish, Ascension Parish, and West Baton Rouge Parish.
Examples of Federal Drug Crimes
As previously mentioned, nearly any drug crime can be prosecuted as a federal offense when the arresting officer is a United States government official. The same is true if local or state official work with federal entities to investigate drug offenses.
That being said, some of the most common examples of federal drug crimes include:
- Drug trafficking, particularly across state lines
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession with the intent to sell/distribute
- Drug manufacturing, sale, or distribution
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Note that this list is not exhaustive; if you are under investigation for or have been charged with any of these or any other federal drug crime, reach out to The Ambeau Law Firm right away. Our Baton Rouge federal drug crime lawyers can help you understand your options and begin building a case to protect your rights.
Penalties for Federal Drug Crimes
The exact penalties you will face will depend on a large number of factors, including but not limited to:
- The type and amount of the controlled substance
- Whether or not force, the threat of force, or a deadly weapon was used in the commission of the crime
- If minors (individuals under the age of 18) were involved
- Whether or not another individual was harmed or killed during the commission of the crime
- Your criminal history, including whether or not you have any prior arrests or convictions
Our firm can help you examine the various possible defenses that may be available to you. These may include working to prove that the substance was not a controlled substance, that you were never actually in possession of the substance, that the arresting officer breached your rights through an illegal search and seizure, or that you were not aware of the substance's presence, among other defenses.
Contact us at (225) 330-7009 for a free consultation with one of our Baton Rouge federal drug crime attorneys today. We are ready to fight for the best possible outcome in your case.