What are Federal Drug Charges?
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:
- 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.
Do you have federal drug charges against you? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council 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.
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 is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.
- 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 situation 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.
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