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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 federal cases.

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 (703) 537-5522.

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 life imprisonment.

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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.

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    Robert L. Jenkins, JR.


    Mr. Jenkins actively handles a variety of white collar crime matters in both state and federal courts. He is a graduate of the National Law Center at the George Washington University. Over the last 25 years Mr. Jenkins has successfully defended individuals accused of embezzlement, wire fraud , bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud , conspiracy , theft of government property, aggravated identity theft, and tax related violations . He has tried more than 100 jury trials. In addition, Mr. Jenkins litigates ...
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    Kenneth D. Bynum


    Kenneth D. Bynum, a native of Goffstown, New Hampshire, is a graduate of the George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois. Mr. Bynum earned a Bachelors of Science in both Applied Behavioral Science and Leisure and Environmental Resources Administration at the George Williams College in 1978. In 1995 he received the Alumni of the Year Award, the College’s highest honor. He received his Juris Doctor from Howard School of Law in 1983. While in law school Mr. Bynum was selected as a member of ...
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    Madison Gibbs


    Madison Gibbs graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications, and earned her law degree from Howard University School of Law. Ms. Gibbs placed first at the 2017 William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition in St. Paul, Minnesota, was a Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court team member, and a Criminal Justice Clinic student attorney. The former Miss Black USA 2015, Goodwill Ambassador to Sierra ...

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