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Crimes involving controlled substances are governed by both state and federal laws. This means that if you have been arrested and charged with a drug crime in Minnesota, it may be tried in a federal court, or it may be tried in a state court. The choice is up to the state and federal prosecutors as to which court will try the case. The criminal defense lawyers at Gaskins Bennett Birrell Schupp LLP are knowledgeable in both state and federal courts, and will be able to defend you competently in either.
Common Federal Drug Charges
- Drug trafficking—manufacturing, distribution, or possessing with the intent to distribute
- Manufacturing—operations involving controlled substances for the purposes of distribution
- Continuing criminal enterprise—trafficking in controlled substances with at least 5 other people
- Protected location offenses—distributing illicit drugs in a school or playground zone, etc.
Sentencing under Federal Law
According to federal drug laws, maximum and minimum terms of imprisonment are specified based on type and quantity of controlled substance involved in the charges. Along with type and quantity of drug, other factors considered for determining the length of sentences are:
- Whether or not a weapon was involved
- Whether or not another person was injured
- Criminal history of the defendant
- Location of incident, school zones, park zones
In most cases, the federal sentencing will be much harsher than the states.
What You Need to Know
If you have been charged with a federal drug crime, or think you are being investigated regarding federal drug charges, it is important to contact a Minneapolis drug crimes lawyer at G|B|B|S right away. The sooner you have an attorney on your side, the better it will be for you if your case ever goes to court.