Federal Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers
At the federal level, drug crimes carry steep penalties (including mandatory minimum terms of incarceration). If you have been charged with a federal drug crime, our former federal prosecutors and DEA agents will fight to protect your freedom.
While many drug crimes are state-level offenses, federal authorities handle cases involving serious and large-scale drug-related offenses. From trafficking and distribution of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other illegal drugs to the diversion of prescription opioid medications, federal authorities have multiple drug-related law enforcement priorities, and the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and other statutes impose steep penalties for a broad range of crimes.
In many cases, federal law imposes mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes. While the First Step Act of 2018 reduced the mandatory sentences for certain non-violent drug offenses, mandatory sentences still exist, and they are still substantial. For example, if you have a prior conviction for a serious drug felony, a conviction in your current case will mean a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years behind bars.
Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers for Serious Drug Crimes
At Oberheiden P.C., we represent individuals who are facing charges for serious drug crimes in federal district courts across the country. We also represent individuals who are under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other agencies. If you are under investigation or facing charges, here are five reasons why you should choose Oberheiden P.C. for federal drug crime defense:
1. You Will Have Former Federal Prosecutors and Former Federal Agents on Your Side
Our firm is comprised of career federal defense attorneys, former federal prosecutors, and former federal agents. As a client of Oberheiden P.C., you will receive advice and representation from attorneys and defense consultants who have centuries of collective experience on both sides of federal law enforcement investigations and trials. This includes:
- Former U.S. Attorneys and Assistant U.S. Attorneys
- Former District Attorneys and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Prosecutors
- Former DEA Special Agents in Charge
- Former Special Agents and Supervisory Special Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- A former DEA Diversion Program Manager and Diversion Investigator
- A former Supervising Investigator for Medicaid
- A former Special Agent and Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG)
2. We Represent Pharmacists, Doctors, and Other Individuals Accused of Serious Crimes
Our clients include pharmacists, doctors, and other individuals who are accused of committing serious crimes under the Controlled Substances Act and other federal laws. We have particular experience in the healthcare setting, and we have successfully represented numerous providers charged with prescription drug fraud, prescription drug diversion, and other medication-related offenses. However, our drug crimes defense practice extends far beyond the healthcare setting, and we have extensive experience in cases involving U.S. citizens and foreign nationals accused of illicit drug crimes as well.
3. We Have a 95% Success Rate in High-Stakes Federal Cases
Overall, we have a 95% success rate protecting our clients against federal charges, convictions, and sentencing. That said, the potential outcomes in any case depend on factors including (but not limited to) how soon we are engaged, what evidence federal authorities have already obtained, and what charges are on the table. When you contact us about your federal drug crime case, our defense attorneys will provide a comprehensive case assessment, and we will let you know what results we believe we can achieve based on the specific circumstances presented.
4. You Will Work with Our Senior Attorneys and Defense Consultants Throughout Your Case
Unlike other firms, we do not employ legions of paralegals or junior associates to handle the bulk of the work on our clients’ cases. As a client of Oberheiden P.C., you will work with our senior attorneys and former federal agents throughout your federal drug crime case. You will have 24/7 access by phone, text, and email, and we will remain in close contact with you to ensure that you know exactly what you should be doing at all times.
5. We Are Prepared to Start Working on Your Defense Immediately
When you choose Oberheiden P.C., you will not have to wait in limbo as federal agents and prosecutors work to built the government’s case against you. Our attorneys and former agents will begin working on your defense immediately, and this includes intervening to disrupt the investigative process and ensure that your federal rights are being observed. We will work diligently to resolve your federal drug crime case as quickly and favorably as possible, and we will do everything we can to make sure you do not face the uncertainty of going to trial.
We Represent Clients in Cases Involving All Types of Federal Drug Crimes
We represent clients charged with crimes involving prescription drugs, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, phencyclidine (PCP), phenylacetone (P2P), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Ecstasy), and all other organic and synthetic drugs. Our practice includes defending individuals who are facing charges for:
- Conspiracy to import, manufacture, distribute, or divert controlled substances
- Drug importation
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug trafficking
- Possession with the intent to distribute
- Prescription drug fraud (i.e. Medicare or Medicaid fraud involving prescription drugs)
- Prescription drug diversion
- Using or carrying a firearm during the commission of a drug crime
In addition, individuals charged with drug crimes will often be charged with offenses such as conspiracy, money laundering, and tax evasion as well, and our attorneys have extensive experience defending clients against these and other federal charges.
FAQs: Federal Drug Crime Investigations, Indictments, and Trials
Q: Which federal agencies are involved in conducting drug crime investigations?
While the DEA is the most well-known agency involved in the nation’s war on drugs, it is far from the only agency involved in investigating suspected violations of the Controlled Substances Act. The DOJ and FBI are also involved in many drug crimes investigations; and, in cases involving prescription drug fraud and diversion, the HHS-OIG may get involved as well.
Depending on the nature and location of the investigation, other agencies that could potentially get involved include Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), among others. When facing a federal investigation, identifying the agency (or agencies) involved can provide clues as to the specific allegations being targeted, and it can assist in determining how to structure your defense.
Q: If I am under investigation for a drug crime, what is the likelihood that I will be charged?
Without knowing the details of your case, it is not possible to assess your likelihood of facing charges. However, as a general rule, the earlier you hire defense counsel to intervene in the investigation, the greater your chances are of achieving a favorable result without charges being filed. We have resolved the vast majority of our clients without an indictment; but, until we know more, we cannot accurately assess the risk that you will be forced to fight for your freedom at trial.
Q: What are the federal penalties for drug crimes?
The penalties for federal drug crimes vary widely; but, generally speaking, in a federal case you can expect to be facing a minimum of several years of imprisonment and fines of a hundred thousand dollars or more. It is also very possible that you could be facing decades of incarceration and millions of dollars in criminal fines. Once we learn the specific charges you are facing, we can tell you what is at stake in your federal drug crime case.
Q: Can your attorneys help me avoid conviction if I am guilty of a drug crime?
You are not guilty until a jury renders a guilty verdict in court. Even if you took the steps necessary to commit a federal drug crime, it is still very possible that you have defenses you can use to fend off charges or avoid a conviction at trial.
In federal drug crime cases – as in all criminal cases – the prosecution has the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. From insufficient evidence to evidence that is inadmissible due to violations of your constitutional rights, there are many ways our attorneys can fight your charges regardless of the circumstances at hand.
Q: What does it mean if I am accused of participating in a federal drug conspiracy?
The federal drug conspiracy statute, 21 U.S.C. Section 846, is a key weapon in the DOJ’s arsenal for fighting the war on drugs. It allows for the prosecution of multiple individuals under a wide range of circumstances (including circumstances in which no substantive drug crime was committed), and it imposes penalties equal to those for substantive offenses. If you have been accused of participating in a federal drug conspiracy, we can help, but it is important that you contact us right away.
Speak with a Federal Drug Crime Defense Lawyer at Oberheiden P.C.
To speak with a federal drug crime defense lawyer at Oberheiden P.C., call us at 888-680-1745 or contact us online now. We are available 24/7.