Alexandria Drug Trafficking Lawyers
Providing Experienced Legal Representation to Clients Facing Federal Drug Charges
When drugs are distributed, trafficked, or otherwise transported from one
state or country to another, such activity will prompt a federal investigation
and potentially bring serious criminal charges against multiple parties.
Unfortunately, a federal drug investigation can result in
federal charges brought against people who were not directly involved with the illegal
activity or otherwise innocent altogether. In order to avoid conviction
or a harsh sentence that includes a mandatory federal prison term, you
must hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who handles complex
If you or a loved one is being accused of federal drug trafficking in Virginia
or Washington D.C., let
Bynum & Jenkins Law build an aggressive and personalized defense strategy on your behalf to
help you get the best possible result in federal court. Our Alexandria
drug trafficking attorneys can listen to your story, conduct a thorough
investigation of your case, and determine if federal authorities violated
your constitutional rights or if there are weaknesses in the federal prosecutor's
case against you.
Get started on your defense today by calling
What is the Difference Between Federal & State Drug Crimes?
Drug offenses are often charged as state crimes;
however, when a drug crime crosses state lines, involves multiple parties
in different states or countries, or occurs on federal land, then the
federal government has jurisdiction. On the other hand, drug crimes that only occur in one state or any amount
deemed for personal use will bring state charges.
What is The Controlled Substances Act (CSA)?
The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) regulates the distribution and manufacture
of narcotics, stimulants, hallucinogens, and depressants. There are five schedules or classifications according to each substance’s
potential for abuse and accepted medical use. Schedule I narcotics (e.g.
heroin, MDMA, LSD, and even marijuana) has the highest potential for abuse
and no accepted medical use, while Schedule V (e.g. cough syrups and other
over-the-counter medication) has the lowest potential for the abuse and
the vast accepted medical use.
What are Virginia’s Drug Schedules?
In the state of Virginia, drugs are classified into six different categories
or "schedules.' These include:
Schedule I Drugs – the most serious category of drugs because they have no recognized
medical use, and have a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs include
heroin, ecstasy, and LSD.
Schedule II Drugs – these drugs have medical use but have a high potential for abuse.
These substances include methadone, cocaine, PCP, and methamphetamines.
Schedule III Drugs – Schedule III substances also have medical use but unlike Schedule
II there is a lower potential for drug abuse. Drugs on this schedule include
Vicodin, anabolic steroids, and codeine.
Schedule IV Drugs – This category includes drugs that have low incidences of dependency,
such as tranquilizers and sedatives.
Schedule V Drugs – These drugs have even less potential for abuse than Schedule IV,
such as prescription cough syrups containing codeine.
Schedule VI Drugs – These are the reaming substances that aren't listed in the previous
schedules, but require a prescription from the doctor, such as antibiotics
and nitrous oxide.
What are the Penalties for Federal Drug Charges?
Federal drug charges are not only punishable by harsh criminal penalties,
but also a mandatory minimum federal prison sentence. For example, drug
trafficking involving at least 100 grams of heroin carries a mandatory
minimum prison sentence of five years or ten years for at least one kilo
of heroin. The maximum sentence for federal drug trafficking charges is
Request a Free Consultation Today!
Do not hesitate to let our legal team protect your rights, reputation,
and freedom against federal drug charges. We know what it takes to guide
you through the legal process and obtain the most favorable outcome in
complex federal cases.
Contact us at
(703) 537-5522 today to speak with our Alexandria drug trafficking defense attorneys.