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Drug trafficking charges? Know what you are up against

Drug charges are a particularly serious criminal offense, and if you are facing these allegations, you would be wise to take your case seriously. Any violation of drug laws can bring serious, potentially life-altering penalties, especially those that are felony-level offenses. This includes drug trafficking and distribution.

If charged with trafficking or distribution, you need to know what you are up against. These are grave criminal offenses, and a strong defense strategy is crucial. Starting with a full understanding of these charges and the penalties they could bring, you can start working on your defense plan from the moment you learn you may be under investigation. No matter the nature of the charges or your criminal history, your future is worth protecting.

What does drug trafficking entail?

Drug trafficking involves the shipment or distribution of a controlled substance. There are different levels of controlled substances, and the severity of your drug trafficking charges may depend on the type of drug involved with your case. Various drug schedules include: 

  • Schedule IV and V – These are drugs that do not have a high potential for abuse or dependence, and most of these drugs have acceptable medical uses.
  • Schedule III – This type of drug has a low potential for a user to abuse it, and it has some approved medical uses. It carries a relatively low risk for dependence.
  • Schedule II – This type of drug is addictive, but it does have some medical uses. A user can develop a severe dependence on it.
  • Schedule I – This type of drug does not have any acceptable medical uses, and it is not safe for use even under the supervision of a medical professional. It is highly addictive. 

Trafficking is a particularly serious offense because it involves both state and federal laws. The severity of the charges you are up against depend on whether the drugs crossed state lines, the type of drug involved in the case and other factors.

A custom defense plan 

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to building a defense strategy against drug trafficking charges. Your plan should suit your unique needs and be appropriate for the details of your individual case. An assessment of your case with an experienced California defense attorney can help you understand the direction you should take and how you can effectively fight for your long-term interests. These are serious charges, but you do not have to face them alone.

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