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When are drug crimes prosecuted at the federal level?

If you find yourself charged with a drug crime, then your charges may either be state or federal charges depending on the type of offense that you're alleged to have committed. More serious drug cases such as manufacturing and trafficking cases are handled within the federal court system. They carry with them longer prison sentences and higher fines.

Anyone who possesses equipment that's used to inject, inhale, prepare or conceal drugs may be charged with a state drug paraphernalia offense. The importing, exporting or selling of any equipment bongs, rolling paper, syringes or pipes is also illegal.

The possession of controlled substances is illegal under both state and federal laws. Illicit drugs can include heroin, cocaine, marijuana or methamphetamine. Prosecutors generally base their decision to charge a suspect with either simple possession or possession with the intent to distribute charges on the quantity of drugs that someone had on them at the time of their arrest. Penalties associated with intent to distribute charges tend to be higher than for simple possession.

The act of manufacturing controlled substances is against both federal and state laws. A prosecutor generally only has to prove that you intended to both sell and produce the drugs for a jury to find you guilty of drug manufacturing.

It's a felony to be involved in drug trafficking and distribution. You may face at least three years up to life in prison if you're convicted of selling, transporting or importing illegal drugs. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) guidelines show that defendants that are found guilty of drug trafficking face anywhere from five years up to life in prison if they're convicted of such an offense. Defendants may also be assessed up to $250,000 in fines.

Drug crimes are one of the most heavily regulated activities here in Texas and the rest of the United States. If you've been charged with drug possession, then you may be facing up to life in prison. How long of a sentence you're given depends on the nature of your charges and whether you've previously violated the law. An attorney here in Corpus Christi can review the discovery in your case and help you devise a defense strategy that will give you the best chances of success in your Texas case.

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