Federal charges can add up quickly, especially if you've previously been sentenced for a drug crime. If this is not your first offense, then a strong defense is advisable, since you'll want to protect your freedoms.
Take, for example, this case. A former linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons has been sentenced to over 12 years in prison for drug trafficking, as of April 12. According to the news, the NFL veteran played for the Falcons from 1990 to 1995.
He pleaded guilty to possessing 612 grams of cocaine that prosecutors claimed he intended to distribute. At the time of the accusations, he was already serving a 10-year sentence for a drug conviction from Cook County when he was discovered with cocaine in his home in Adel. The 52-year-old man had been on probation.
When the police went to the man's son's home, he answered the door and consented to a search of the property. Officers and a K9 unit discovered 22 plastic bags full of cocaine hidden inside a cassette player in the master bedroom of the property.
This was the man's third drug conviction, and he will serve 12 years and 7 months concurrently with the sentence from Cook County. He will also face a three-year supervised release after he is released from prison.
In cases like this, a defense makes a difference. Whether it's understanding a plea deal or protecting you against bias, your attorney has many important jobs during your case. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you're facing federal drug charges; You need protection.