A drug trafficking charge may actually refer to many different crimes. A person in possession of an illegal controlled substance will be charged with trafficking as will the person who sells the substance. As a result of this wide range of offenses that fall under the category of trafficking, the laws differ based on the stage of the transaction and not simply the actual sale. Manufacturing or delivering an illegal controlled substance is also considered trafficking. Regardless of which offense a person is charged in, he or she is likely facing a first-degree felony charge, as law enforcement takes this criminal activity seriously, and a person needs to ensure they have legal representation at this time.

The Penalties for Drug Trafficking

People need to understand the penalties for this crime differ by the type of substance involved. A drug that is considered to be more dangerous to society as a whole will come with more severe penalties. For example, someone accused of marijuana trafficking may be facing a prison sentence of three to 15 years and fines of up to $200,000, depending on the amount of drug involved. In contrast, a person accused of heroin trafficking will be facing up to 25 years in jail and fines of up to $250,000, as this drug is more dangerous. Furthermore, the penalties may be increased based on the circumstances. For instance, a person caught selling in a school zone will likely face more time and higher fines.

Additional Penalties

A person convicted of this crime could face additional penalties. For example, he or she may lose civil rights or federal benefits. Assets may be forfeited as a result of the conviction, and a person convicted of this crime who is not a legal citizen might find he or she is deported and cannot return to the country.

Any person charged with drug trafficking needs to obtain a lawyer immediately. Aric Cramer can be of assistance at this time. Call his office today to set up a consultation. Individuals who do so find they have a better understanding of the charges they are facing and the penalties they may receive if they are found guilty. This information is of great help in deciding how to proceed with the matter.