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Drug Crimes & Government Cooperation

Folks welcome to another edition of my video blog. Today's topic of discussion concerns drug charges. Whether you are faced with drug charges in the state or the federal arena, you can be assured that the government will seek your cooperation in return for leniency in sentencing. There are different types of drug crimes that you may be charged with. There is possession of illegal drugs, there is furnishing of illegal drugs and there is trafficking in illegal drugs. Those are the most common state charges when it comes to drug crimes and there are different levels of crimes, from misdemeanors all the way up to the most serious of felonies.

On the federal side, normally what we see are cases involving the conspiracy to traffic in illegal drugs. Most often those drugs are crack cocaine, marijuana and heroin. Whether or not you choose to cooperate is a big decision that you should only make upon obtaining the advice and counsel of your lawyer. However, don't be fooled into thinking you are the only one cooperating and that no one else in prison cooperates. The vast majority of federal and state cases never go to trial because one or more of the co-defendants choose to cooperate and testify for the government.

Whether or not you decide to do the same is not a decision to be made lightly. Federal and state drug crimes are serious charges that come with serious prison time especially on the federal side where you may be faced with long mandatory minimum sentences. If you are the target of a drug investigation and think that you may be charged with a drug crime, you should immediately decline to speak with the authorities, pick up the phone and call my office. This is an area of the law that is fraught with hazard; where the wrong decision could result in years of prison time. Do not think you can go it alone and do not agree to meet with law enforcement or the prosecution team without an attorney. If you have questions, please call the office and I look forward to speaking with you soon. Thank you.

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