Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Drug crimes cover a broad range of offenses involving illegal substances, from possession and sale to manufacture and distribution. These crimes entail violations of federal and/or state law. Depending on the particular circumstances of a case, these offenses can result in an extensive range of possible criminal and administrative consequences, including probation, property forfeiture, prison and partaking in a court-ordered drug treatment program.

Penalties for Federal Drug Crimes

  • The possession of marijuana, in any quantity, is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a minimum fine of $1,000 for a first conviction under federal law. Any further convictions and greater amounts of marijuana result in much more severe penalties. The sale of less than 50 kilograms of marijuana is a felony under federal law, punishable by five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
  • The federal penalties for possession of cocaine and heroin are more stern than those for marijuana. The penalties for the sale or distribution of these dangerous drugs can include a life sentence.

Most commonly found illegal or controlled substances for which arrests are made include:

  • Cannabis (Marijuana), also known as “weed” “pot” “bud”
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Heroin
  • Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) also known as “Ecstasy”
  • Oxycodone (e.g., Percocet, Endocet, Tylox)

Less commonly found illegal or controlled substances include:

  • Barbiturates
  • Methamphetamines also known as “crystal meth”.
  • Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) also known as “acid”
  • Hashish
  • Opium
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Psilocybin (Mushrooms)

It is also illegal to possess or sell prescription painkillers or stimulants without a prescription such as:

  • Morphine
  • OxyContin
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Hydrocodone
  • Vicodin
  • Codeine
  • Methadone
  • Xanax
  • Steroids

Fighting criminal allegations for federal drug offenses can be difficult, but it is definitely not impossible. With a highly experienced attorney by your side and with early intervention, you have the opportunity to avoid a conviction for any federal charges you may be facing at this present time. Mr. Hernandez understands that this is a very serious circumstance you have found yourself in. With his extensive knowledge of the legal system, attorney Hernandez will provide you with the most aggressive and knowledgeable legal representation possible in the face of your federal drug crime charges. 

For more information and your free consultation contact attorney Armando Hernandez today at 305-442-2590.