You may already know that drug crimes involving cocaine or heroin are sometimes prosecuted on the federal level. For example, trafficking large amounts of these illegal substances will likely be charged as a federal crime. However, many do not understand that misusing prescription drugs may also be handled by federal authorities.
Why does the government care about prescription drug crimes?
The government takes responsibility for the health and safety of its citizens. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) routinely releases a National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA) in which it details the effect drug misuse has on the population. Prescription drug misuse remains an issue, according to the latest NDTA covering 2020.
When do prescription drug offenses become federal crimes?
In many cases, those who traffic, sell and distribute medications in large volumes or across state lines face federal charges. For example, federal authorities often handle crimes such as transporting prescription methamphetamine hydrochloride (Desoxyn) or opioids out of Michigan.
What are the penalties for a federal trafficking conviction?
It typically depends upon the type of drug and how much of the substance is involved. Generally, trafficking in prescription drugs is a federal felony punishable by one to 20 years of imprisonment. Such a conviction also results in fines of between $100,000 and $5 million.
Is a successful defense even possible?
A successful defense is nearly always possible! We believe immediate action on your part plays a critical role in the success of your case. It takes time to build an effective criminal defense. By starting early, your odds of achieving a satisfactory outcome increase. We encourage you to learn as much as possible about federal drug laws and ensure you have a strong advocate at your side who can answer your questions and concerns.