Federal drug charges can involve accusations of drug possession, drug distribution, drug trafficking and other offenses. In dealing with these serious charges, federal courts differ from state courts in significant ways. For people who have been accused of federal drug crimes, one of the most monumental differences is how sentences are handed down.
One might think that federal judges have wide discretion in sentencing because of the experience they bring to the bench. The reality, however, is quite the opposite. Federal judges must follow strict sentencing guidelines for defendants who are found guilty of drug crimes.
The restrictive sentencing guidelines are one reason it is vital for defendants’ attorneys to mount a strategic, vigorous defense from the start. Please visit the federal drug crimes page on our website to learn more about our firm’s approach to defending the accused.