SAN DIEGO FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES ATTORNEY
Defense for Federal Drug Offenses in California
Federal drug crimes are typically more serious in nature than state drug charges. They can be for any drug, from marijuana to methamphetamine, but typically occur when the offenses have taken place on federal grounds or if the offenses involved a federal agent. Distributing illegal drugs or drug trafficking are both common forms of federal drug charges, but possession, manufacturing, and other drug offenses may also be considered federal drug charges in certain cases, particularly when the amount is significant.
The federal government will prosecute these cases, which means the sentencing will look differently from local and state convictions. Most federal convictions lead to five years of imprisonment at a minimum, and federal judges do not have much leeway in changing the sentencing in certain cases. At The Law Office of George Gedulin, we have the credentials to defend clients in the state of California and in federal court.
Drug Conspiracy at a Federal Level
Aside from the typical drug activities that will land individuals in legal trouble, many federal cases involve an element of conspiracy. If federal prosecutors can prove that two or more individuals had a plan to commit a drug offense, that each participant had knowledge of the plan, and that at least one step was taken towards that end, actual possession of the substance may not be necessary for a conviction.
Maximum Sentencing for Federal Drug Charges
Federal drug sentences are serious. For a first offense, individuals will typically be sentenced to between 5 and 40 years in prison. If someone died or was seriously injured during the commission, however, a first offense can lead to life or more in prison. A first offense can also carry a heavy fine of millions of dollars.
For amounts equal or above 10 grams of LSD, 1 kilogram of heroin, 400 grams of Fentanyl, 5 kilograms of cocaine, or 100 grams of pure PCP, first-time offense sentencing is much more stringent. With one conviction, you could face spending the rest of your life in federal prison.
Can I Be Charged at the State and Federal Level?
Under the concept of dual sovereignty, both the state and federal government can prosecute you for the same crime. Prosecution at both levels is not considered double jeopardy at any point in time. After you have been acquitted at the state level, you could still face charges and a trial at the federal level.
If you face a serious drug charge, consider retaining the services of a San Diego federal drug charges attorney who is licensed to practice and has experience practicing at both the state and federal levels. Whether you are facing your first charge or a second offense, having the right attorney by your side can make a difference in the outcome of your case.
Choosing A San Diego Federal Drug Crime Lawyer
Every drug case is distinct and will require a customized approach to secure the best outcome. For federal drug crimes, you not only need an attorney who has experience at the federal level; you need someone who understands federal drug laws and courtroom procedures like the back of his or her hand. The course of your life after a case may depend on the attorney you choose to represent you. Find someone who will protect your rights in court and fight to have the charges dropped or reduced.
16 Counts, Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor Sentence Reduced, All Other Charges Dropped
Client charged with multiple sexual assault offenses, facing 16 years in prison. Convicted of One Count of Sex with a Minor, 2 years Jail, All other charges dismissed.
24 Count, Insurance Fraud Conspiracy, Grand Theft in excess of $250,000 Reduced Sentence, Other Charges Dropped
Client charged as head of conspiracy to present false claims to insurance companies, losses over $250,000. Client facing 22 years in State Prison. Convicted of two counts of insurance fraud, sentenced to 2 years in jail, remaining charges dismissed.
Assault with semi-automatic Firearm, Criminal Threat, Domestic Violence Dismissed Charges
Charges exposed client to 8 years in State Prison and two serious strike felonies. Court dismisses all gun related charges at preliminary hearing, client pleads to domestic violence charge only, no custody.
Felony Domestic Violence Arrest All criminal charges dismissed
After arrest, defense investigation reveals that spouse was aggressor and caused harm to client, all criminal charges dismissed.
Felony Gun Possession, Felony Child Abuse Charges Dismissed
Client charged with felony gun possession and endangering life of a child being in illegal possession of loaded weapons in the home. Potential 6 year Prison sentence. Child endangerment charges dismissed, NO Custody.
Possession of 5KG of Methamphetamine while Armed with Loaded Gun Probation and Other Charges Dismissed.
Client facing 4 counts of possessing large quantity of Methamphetamine for sale and a loaded gun with no serial number. District Attorney offer of 6 years in State Prison. Ultimate resolution was a plea to gun possession only, probation and credit for time served with no additional jail time. All other charges dismissed.
Restraining Order, Accusations of Sexual Assault Case Dismissed
Defense Victory at trial for restraining order, Judge dismissed complaint against client, finding victims allegations and testimony not-credible.
Shoplifting from Naval Commissary Case Dismissed
Case Dismissed, record sealed in Federal Court
Welfare Fraud No Custody, Case Dismissed Following Probation
6 Counts of Fraud by Misrepresentation and Perjury. Possible 4 year prison sentence maximum. Defense negotiated with prosecution for Diversion Program.
Marijuana Possession for Sale/Transportation Plea to Simple Possession, Probation and Fines,
½ pound of Marijuana, $5,000, baggies, scales and Marijuana storage paraphernalia, potential 4 years in jail, Defense argued insufficient evidence to prove sales of Marijuana or Drug Trafficking and filed motion to return all seized property.