What is Drug Trafficking? 

 August 29, 2013

By  LMW Attorneys

A struggling economy and stressful society can lead to poor choices with drugs. Drug trafficking is prevalent in many communities, ranging from the distribution and manufacturing of drugs, to selling and possession.

Some offenses result in strict legal penalties, often leading to long-term changes in an individual’s life. Some penalties can include hefty fines, prison time and property forfeiture.

Laws may differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Fighting the legal battle alone is not an intelligent decision for your future.

Finding the right attorney specializing in these legal battles can make an enormous difference in your drug penalty case and getting you back to your job, family and life.

Possession of cannabis (marijuana), cocaine, controlled substances, methamphetamines and other illegal drugs not prescribed can produce jail or prison sentences, ranging from three to 15 years, depending on the drugs and quantities.

For instance, 25-2000 pounds of marijuana is a mandatory sentence of three years and a $25,000 fine, while more than 10,000 pounds carries a mandatory prison sentence of 15 years and a $200,000 fine.

LSD carries a mandatory 14-year sentence for carrying more than seven grams. More than 30 kilograms of oxycodone, morphine, opium, hydrocodone or hydromorphone carries a life sentence, as well as a $500,000 fine.

More than 150 kilograms of cocaine also carries a life sentence with a $250,000 fine. A small amount of 14-28 grams of methamphetamine carries a three-year sentence and $50,000 fine, while more than 200 grams will find you 15 years in ja with a $250,000 fine.

A judge can easily issue minimum sentences for any of these charges. Only the Office of the State Attorney may waive any mandatory prison sentence given upon conviction. Hiring the right attorney to fight a conviction can help you avoid these sentences, or file an appeal if you are already convicted.

If you have a legal situation involving any drug trafficking charge, do not hesitate to contact Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins, P.A. for an experienced attorney to assist you in your case.