Respected New Jersey Attorney Fights Federal Drug Offense Charges
Accomplished Garden State firm defends clients accused of trafficking and other crimes
The federal government has virtually unlimited resources and aggressively prosecutes all significant drug cases. If you are under investigation or have been charged with any drug crime, you will benefit greatly by retaining an attorney who has experience handling federal drug cases and is willing to aggressively defend your rights and your freedom. At the Law Offices of David Jay Glassman, we maintain a strong reputation for achieving positive results for clients in federal criminal trials and pre-trial negotiations. Attorney David Jay Glassman has more than 40 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer.
What are considered federal drug offenses?
A drug crime may be prosecuted by state or federal authorities. The U.S. Department of Justice may decide to prosecute a drug case if the criminal activity is alleged to have occurred in more than one state, if a federal agency was involved in the investigation or if the crime involved large quantities of controlled substances. Federal drug offenses include:
- Drug trafficking — This crime usually involves the knowing or intentional manufacturing, distributing or dispensing of a controlled substance. However, drug trafficking can also be charged simply for possessing large quantities of a controlled substance. Drug manufacturing charges may also be brought in those circumstances.
- Simple possession — It is against federal law to possess any quantity of a controlled substance without a valid prescription. In addition, federal possession charges can be brought for holding large quantities of other controlled substances, or even small quantities if on federal property.
- Paraphernalia — It is illegal to sell, import, export or ship drug paraphernalia, which includes any equipment, product or material primarily intended or designed to manufacture, process, prepare or use drugs.
No matter how serious the drug crime charges brought against you, our firm will comb through all evidence related to your case and build a tailored defense. We may challenge the legality of an arrest or search and seizure of drug evidence, the credibility of witnesses’ statements or the competence of other evidence against you. We have vast experience going to trial against federal prosecutors.
Experienced lawyer handles cases involving opioids, cocaine and marijuana
The federal government classifies controlled substances into five categories, known as schedules, as follows:
- Schedule I — Heroin, marijuana and LSD are among the Schedule I substances, which are considered to have the highest potential for abuse and no accepted medical uses.
- Schedule II — Cocaine, methamphetamine and oxycodone are Schedule II substances. These drugs have accepted medical uses but are considered to have a high potential for addiction.
- Schedule III — Schedule III substances have accepted medical purposes and a low to moderate potential for abuse. Hydrocodone and anabolic steroids are examples of Schedule III substances.
- Schedule IV — Xanax and Ambien are among the Schedule IV substances, which have accepted medical uses and a low potential for abuse.
- Schedule V — Schedule V substances have accepted medical uses and the lowest potential for abuse. Most cough medicines with codeine are Schedule V substances.
Our firm handles cases involving all types of controlled substances. We do not hesitate to go to trial to fight complex charges.
Results-oriented law firm seeks minimal penalties for drug trafficking
The federal government generally imposes harsher penalties than states for drug crimes. Even a single charge for a federal drug trafficking offense can land an offender in prison with a multimillion-dollar fine. Federal sentencing guidelines for drug offenses allow for penalties as follows:
- 10 years to life in prison — This may be imposed for trafficking one kilogram of heroin, five kilograms of cocaine, 50 grams methamphetamine, 10 grams of LSD or 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
- Five years to 40 years in prison — Lengthy jail terms may be ordered for trafficking 100 grams of heroin, 500 grams of cocaine, five grams of methamphetamine, one gram of LSD or 100 kilograms of marijuana.
- Up to five years in prison — Trafficking even one marijuana plant, 30 milligrams of Flunitrazepam (roofies) or certain Schedule III drugs can still draw significant prison time.
However, federal judges can depart from the sentencing guidelines in a drug crime case where persuaded by the facts and the defendant’s background. We have a record of achieving significant downward departures in trafficking cases and other drug prosecutions.
Contact a seasoned New Jersey defense attorney for help fighting federal drug charges
At the Law Offices of David Jay Glassman, we vigorously defend New Jersey clients against federal drug offense charges throughout the state. We maintain offices in Marlton, Hackensack, Newark and New Brunswick. To arrange for a confidential legal consultation, call 866-221-1270 or contact us online.