Federal crimes can quickly lead to harsh penalties, and convictions often come with imprisonment. Take for example a case reported by the U.S. Department of Justice. They announced that 43 people who were defendants in a firearms and drug-trafficking investigation have been charged and convicted of those crimes.
The 83-count indictment led to the defendants entering guilty pleas. Many faced prison, including a 22-year-old man who was sentenced to 210 months in prison and another five years of supervised release. The defendants primarily ranged in age from 22 to 54. Some were allegedly associates of Ghost Face Gangsters.
In these cases, methamphetamine was discovered, and the investigation claimed that there were threats of violence as well as other violations of law. Through Operation Vanilla Gorilla, the state, local and federal agencies worked together to dismantle the crime ring, which was considered a violent street gang.
Cases like this show that law enforcement aren't kidding when they take on federal crimes, drug rings and firearms dealers. They do their research and make sure they have evidence that supports the arrests they make. If you're accused after an operation like this one, it's vital that you work with an attorney on your defense. Often, people are able to secure plea deals or use a defense that helps reduce the penalties they would otherwise face.
A good defense is important even if you're guilty of a crime. Your attorney will be there to guide you throughout the criminal defense process, so that you can have the best chance of success in the court.