Why are Federal Drug Charges are Different?

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Federal drug charges can be different from state level drug charges for many different reasons. One of the biggest things that a defendant who has been charged with a drug crime needs to be aware of is that a federal charge can usually result in a much longer prison sentence. Further, if you are convicted, your sentence will be served in federal rather than state prison.  You need an attorney with serious experience defending against federal drug charges when you have been charged on the federal level. The Aranda Law Firm can help.

Federal Drug Charges are Serious

Both the federal government and state government can pursue drug crimes cases. However, the federal government usually gets involved only in cases involving drug trafficking or the sale of large volumes of controlled substances. When you are charged with a federal crime, you may face mandatory minimum sentences. The federal penal code imposes long sentences based on the volume of the drug in your possession. This means someone who is very involved in the drug trade- like a low level street dealer- could face the same severe charges as a drug kingpin. This is due to the fact that mandatory minimum sentences focus only on type and amount of controlled substance and not your actual criminal acts.  In many cases, federal prosecutors will end up threatening you with charges carrying lengthy mandatory minimum sentences in order to try to get you to agree to a plea deal.  Aranda Law Firm can help you to decide if a plea bargain is right for you or if you can fight federal drug charges.

Getting Help With Federal Drug Charges

Our law firm is familiar with federal drug charges and have the knowledge to help. The sooner you call our law firm after your arrest, the better we can help you with your legal problems. Aranda Law Firm helps clients in El Paso and surrounding areas who have been charged with drug crimes. Contact us today for more information.