Federal charges are significant, so if you're facing them as a result of drug possession or distribution, you need to take steps to avoid conviction. In light of the significant impact of the opioid crisis in America, there are more drug busts taking place than in the past. More people are being arrested, and harsher penalties are being levied.
Take, for example, this report from Dec. 31 on approximately two dozen indictments that were returned during December. In total, 25 people were charged with federal crimes; six of those people were from South Georgia.
What kinds of crimes did these people commit?
The defendants committed various acts, according to the charges. For example, some were charged with possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it. Another person was charged with the theft of a firearm and the possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. Another individual was charged for possessing cocaine and intending to distribute it.
In most of these cases, the penalties range. One woman faced up to 20 years in prison for possessing and distributing heroin, for example, while another faced up to 10 years for bank robbery.
What should you do if you're charged with a drug crime?
If you are charged with a drug crime, reach out to a professional who is familiar with drug crime defense. It is important to work with your attorney to try to have the case dismissed or to work toward a plea deal that will keep you out of the courtroom. If you do go to trial, nothing is certain, so you'll want someone on your side to help.