Drug trafficking is a serious offense that can lead to federal charges. When you face federal charges, you need to know that the penalties can be much more significant than in cases with misdemeanor charges. They are also likely to be more serious than state charges.
With drug charges, there is always a risk of the prosecution attempting to obtain more serious charges than a person deserves. For example, someone who possesses drugs for themselves but who has a high quantity could end up with trafficking or intent to distribute charges. In those cases, an attorney can help you defend your actions and attempt to have the charges against you reduced.
Does the kind of drug you’re in possession of matter?
Yes, even among illicit substances, there are some that are taken more seriously than others. Schedule I drugs are the most serious because they have a high potential for abuse and no recognized medical uses. As a result, they are also the most illegal and dangerous to have in your possession.
Schedule II drugs also have a high risk of abuse. They’re usually given under strict supervision only. Schedule III drugs, comparatively, do have an accepted medical use.
If you have prescriptions for any Schedule II, III, IV or V drugs, that could help you avoid drug trafficking penalties. However, if you are in possession of a Schedule I drug, there will be no medical excuse.
Penalties range in these cases, especially when felony charges are likely. It’s a wise choice to talk to your attorney as soon as you can about your case.