The serious nature of drug trafficking charges

Posted: August 16, 2018 at 7:00 am

Violations of drug trafficking laws can carry serious potential penalties and consequences. As a result, individuals facing drug trafficking accusations and charges must be familiar with the legal options available to protect them. Criminal defense options range from challenging the facts as alleged by police to challenging police conduct or procedure.

Drug trafficking charges penalize transporting, selling or illegally importing unlawful controlled substances including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs as well. The penalties for drug trafficking can be harsh and depend on the amount and types of drugs allegedly trafficking, where the drug trafficking allegedly took place and if children were involved. Penalties for drug trafficking include possible incarceration which can range from 3 to 5 years to life in prison. Additional penalties, such as fines and others, may also be possible in addition to a possible criminal record.

Drug trafficking charges are felony drug charges and may be charged if authorities believe the accused individual has the intent to sell the drugs they are allegedly in possession of. Accused individuals allegedly in possession of a large amount of cash or drugs may face drug trafficking charges and the stiff penalties that go along with them. Drug charges can also result from the illegal possession, sale or distribution of prescription drugs.

Criminal defense options are available to accused individuals facing drug charges including drug trafficking charges. There are many ways to attack criminal charges which is why accused individuals must be familiar with their criminal defense options when facing such serious consequences and penalties as those that accompany drug trafficking charges.