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Have you been legally accused of committing a federal drug crime? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal counsel for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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Your Defense Attorney for Federal Drug Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Felonies, Federal Crimes, Federal Drug Charges, Drug Manufacturing, Transportation/Distribution of Methamphetamine, and Possession for Sale to name a few.

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What is a Federal Drug Charge?

A Federal drug crime is a drug-related criminal act that is illegal by the federal government. For example, marijuana is legal in California, but it is still illegal under the federal government.
A federal drug crime is usually only charged by the federal government if one of the following drug crimes was committed:

  • Selling or manufacturing drugs
  • Caught in possession of, using, selling, or manufacturing drugs on federal property or caught by a federal officer, such as a DEA agent
  • Caught with the help of an informant
  • The state and federal prosecutors made an agreement to charge on a federal level

Some federal drug charges include:

  • Possession
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Selling drugs
  • Possession with intent to sell
  • Drug trafficking
  • Organized crime involving drugs

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Penalties for Federal Drug Charges

There are statutory mandatory minimum sentences for federal drug offenses. They differ on the amount of drugs and what kind of drug.
The 5-year mandatory minimum is as follows:

  • 100G of Heroin
  • 500G of Powder Cocaine
  • 28G of Cocaine base (crack)
  • 100KG of Marijuana
  • 5G of pure Methamphetamine
  • 50G of a mixture of Methamphetamine

The 10-year mandatory minimum is as follows:

  • 1KG of Heroin
  • 5KG of Powder Cocaine
  • 280G Cocaine base (crack)
  • 1,000KG of Marijuana
  • 50G of pure Methamphetamine
  • 500G of a mixture of Methamphetamine

The penalties are higher if death or serious bodily injury results from use of any of the controlled substances. If someone has a prior conviction of a felony drug offense then the 5-year minimum increases to the 10-year minimum.

The penalties are also much more severe in federal court than in a state court, which results in decades in federal prison.

Legal Defenses for Federal Drug Charges

Many drug crime violations are a result of an illegal search or seizure by the police. An illegal search or seizure occurs when:

  • You or your property are searched without a valid California search warrant
  • The search area was exceeded – for example, they only had a warrant to search your person, not your home
  • You were detained and searched unlawfully without probably cause

Police misconduct can include planting evidence, lying about where they found a controlled substance, lying about the probable cause that led to the search and arrest, using excessive force to get a confession.

Sometimes undercover police will coerce or harass someone to get them to do something that they otherwise wouldn’t have done. In order to use this as a defense, the coercion and harassment have to be at a level that would be hard for a reasonable person to refuse.

Perhaps you had drugs planted on you without you knowing. You have to have known that you had drugs on your person to be guilty of drug crimes.

About Mark Broughton:

Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:

Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.

He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.

Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and am on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where I am regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Other Qualifications:
  • Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
  • Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
  • Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients.  He sees every individual’s siuation with compassion and empathy, and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.

Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Crime 40%
  • White Collar Crime 20%
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Criminal Defense 10%
  • Sex Crimes 10%

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