Federal Drug Crimes

Federal drug crimes are governed by the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970.  Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act is commonly referred to as the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).  Under the Controlled Substances Act, drugs are broken down into five different schedules based on their similarities.  The Controlled Substances Act is enforced by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking, perhaps the most well-known drug crime, involves transporting large quantities of drugs across state and international borders.  In order to be convicted of Drug Trafficking in Massachusetts, the prosecution has the burden of proving all of the elements of a regular drug possession charge along with the additional element that the accused was in possession of a certain quantity of drugs.

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) Charges

Federal drug crimes may also involve the violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).  RICO is a federal law that provides for increased sentences for acts performed as part of a criminal organization.  Individuals may be prosecuted under RICO for crimes such as extortion, blackmail, racketeering, bribery, money laundering, embezzlement, commission of murder-for-hire and other organized criminal behavior. 

Punishment

The punishment for federal drug crimes varies depending on the type and quantity of drugs involved.  The charges are based upon the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.  These guidelines outline a minimum and maximum sentence for each federal drug offense.  An individual can be charged with a drug crime under federal law, state law or both. 


Federal Drug Crime Representation at the Law Firm of Altman & Altman, LLP

At the Greater Boston Criminal Defense Firm of Altman & Altman, LLP, our talented team of Federal Drug Crime Attorneys has the experience, resources and courtroom expertise to deliver legal representation of the highest quality.  Our lawyers understand that facing Federal Drug charges in Massachusetts is frequently a frightening and unclear situation.  We will help you navigate these difficult waters and will stand by your side throughout the entire criminal process, including pre-trial investigation, arrest, arraignment and trial. 

For over 40 years, the MA law firm of Altman & Altman, LLP has been providing outstanding criminal defense legal services to clients throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The team of Federal Drug Crime defense lawyers at Altman & Altman is composed of seasoned litigators who will aggressively defend your rights.  Our criminal defense attorneys have appeared as legal analysts on The Fox News Channel, MSNBC, The BBC Network and CourtTV. 

If you are facing Federal Drug Charges, please Contact the Greater Boston law firm of Altman & Altman, LLP to schedule a Free Initial Consultation with one of our experienced Federal Drug Crime attorneys.  Our team of lawyers will provide you with straightforward answers to your difficult legal questions and will fully explain your rights.  With offices conveniently located in Cambridge and Boston, our MA Federal Drug Crime lawyers have the ability to meet with clients face-to-face to discuss their legal matters.  All consultations are completely confidential. 

Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including nights and weekends.  In addition to being available by phone around the clock, all Emails sent to the Greater Boston Law Firm of Altman & Altman, LLP receive an immediate response.


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