Drug charges are bad enough on their own, but when they rise up to the federal level, things can get really ugly. Federal drug crimes are often pursued vigorously by prosecutors, and they will employ all sorts of tactics to get an individual to accept some form of punishment. They will tack on numerous charges that may seem flimsy but are technically applicable under the law.
Much of this strategy is not done to try to find the accused person guilty by a judge or jury. Instead, this strategy is mainly employed so that the punishment is so great and the consequences so scary that the accused person has no option but to accept a plea deal. Usually such plea deals involve lengthy jail time anyway, but far less than what they could be dealing with if the accused went to court.
It is also important to consider that even when the legal punishment is done and the individual has paid back his or her debt to society, the individual can still face consequences. With a criminal record that includes a serious charge like a federal drug crime, finding a job or even a suitable place to live can be very difficult.
Just the accusation itself can be life-changing, but obviously there is the potential conviction or plea deal down the line for any accused of federal drug crimes. You need legal representation in such a situation, and if you’re in the Baltimore-D.C. area, you should consider us at Charles L. Waechter.