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Federal drug convictions often lead to harsher sentences

If you have ever been charged with a criminal offense, it is likely that you already know how stressful and distressing it can be. Drug charges can turn your life upside-down. Your employer may lose confidence in you, while friends and family may be unsure what to think. On top of that, you may have to go to court and face charges that could ultimately change your life.

As we have discussed previously, if you are convicted, you may be fined or even sentenced to a period of time in prison. That in turn is a portion of your life you can never get back. However, as if that were not bad enough, if the allegations against you result in federal drug charges, the penalties could be harsher than they would otherwise. This is often as a result of the system's mandatory minimum sentences.

It is possible to be charged with federal drug crimes for a number of different offenses. These include the trafficking, importation or exportation of drugs, their manufacture or cultivation and even the possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia. It can be difficult to know what to do next when faced with such charges. However, even if the allegations cannot be dismissed completely, you may be offered a plea deal.

Whatever the case, having the right knowledge and guidance to back you up can be invaluable. If you would like to know more, please visit our page on federal drug charges. Such charges can be life-changing, but you do not need to face them alone. You are considered innocent, unless and until proven guilty, so with the correct guidance, you may be able to avoid conviction altogether.

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