Federal law enforcement agency investigations into large-scale drug operations are complex operations that frequently involve multiple targets using extensive video and audio surveillance. Not surprisingly, they often result in drug conspiracy charges being filed against multiple defendants, some of whom may have not actively participated in the underlying crime. If you believe you are the target of a federal drug conspiracy investigation, or you have already been charged with drug conspiracy, the time to act is now. At Haas Law, our drug conspiracy defense attorneys are committed to protecting you and your future.
What Is a Drug Conspiracy?
The word “conspiracy” is used frequently in American politics and pop culture; however, as the target of an investigation or an accused it is important to understand the legal definition of a drug conspiracy. To prove that a defendant was part of a drug conspiracy, the prosecution must prove that:
- There was an agreement between two or more people to violate a federal drug law, such as to manufacture, import, sell, or possess with the intent to sell any controlled substance.
- The defendant knew about the agreement.
- The defendant willingly joined the agreement.
Often, a defendant is charged both with conspiracy and the underlying crime. For example, you could be charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and with conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance. More importantly, you could be convicted of either charge – or with both.
A federal drug conspiracy case typically targets, and charges, multiple defendants as a way to pressure minor participants to cooperate with the government. For example, if your only participation in a drug conspiracy was loading crates containing a controlled substance onto a truck, you could be charged the same as the individual who arranged for the sale or purchase of the drugs.
What Are the Potential Penalties for a Conviction for Drug Conspiracy?
Not only can you be charged and convicted of a drug conspiracy even if you were only peripherally involved, but you can be sentenced according to the sentence that applies to the underlying crime. Sentencing for conspiracy is governed by 21 U.S.C. section 846 which reads as follows:
“Any person who attempts or conspires to commit any offense defined in this subchapter shall be subject to the same penalties as those prescribed for the offense, the commission of which was the object of the attempt or conspiracy.” (Emphasis added)
Not only does that mean you could face a lengthy term of imprisonment and huge fines, but is also may mean that mandatory minimum sentencing applies if you are convicted.
Defenses to a Drug Conspiracy Charge
Whether you are the target of a drug conspiracy investigation or have already been charged, the good news is that there may be defenses available to you. Drug conspiracy cases frequently involve searches and seizures which may have been conducted illegally. In addition, an experienced drug conspiracy defense attorney may be able to prevent the government from proving all the elements required to convict you of the crime of conspiracy.
Get Help from an Experienced Drug Conspiracy Defense Attorney
If you are the target of a federal investigation, or you have been charged with drug conspiracy, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced drug conspiracy defense attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected and to get started on your defense.
At Haas Law, we have extensive experience defending people just like you. We will tirelessly work to protect your rights and to prevent the government from proving its case against you.
Call us at 407-755-7675, chat with us online, or submit our online form today. Because we understand that time is of the essence when law enforcement authorities are investigating you, our calls are answered 24 hours a day, allowing you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.