PENALTIES FOR DRUG CONSPIRACY
As stated above, drug conspiracy crimes are typically charged at the federal level. This means that the penalties for the crime will be determined via Federal Sentencing Guidelines. The guidelines determine federal sentences based primarily on two factors. These are:
- The conduct associated with an offense; and,
- The defendant’s criminal history.
A federal judge can depart from the Sentencing Guidelines (i.e., make a sentence more or less severe) based upon:
- The specific facts of a case;
- Any aggravating factors; and,
- Any mitigating factors.
Federal sentences for drug conspiracy crimes typically involve long stretches of jail time and substantial fines.
LEGAL DEFENSES TO DRUG CONSPIRACY CHARGES
The good news is that there are legal defenses that a defendant can raise to try and beat a drug conspiracy charge. Many of the defenses commonly available in federal drug cases revolve around how federal law enforcement agencies obtained the evidence that they are trying to use against an accused. If a criminal defense lawyer can show that evidence was gathered improperly, or against a person’s constitutional rights, then the evidence can likely get dismissed from the case.
Please note that it takes an experienced drug conspiracy attorney to raise the best defense on behalf of an accused. The drug lawyers at Black Law have the experience that matters in drug conspiracy cases. They are also tireless in their representation and work passionately to fight for their clients -on all crimes. Simply contact them today and get the legal help that you deserve.