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Boston Federal Drug Trafficking Attorney / Federal Drug Trafficking Charges Lawyer in MA

If you are facing federal drug trafficking charges, you need a highly skilled criminal defense attorney on your side. Boston, MA Criminal Defense Attorney Joseph B. Simons can help. Call me today if you have been arrested or are currently under investigation.

When you’re facing charges in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, you can be sure that the government will utilize all necessary resources to try to put you behind bars. You can also be certain that federal investigators are not looking to do you any favors. Don’t make the prosecutors’ job any easier – get a Boston, MA Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney before speaking with anyone.

The “Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970” governs federal drug trafficking crimes. Title II of the Act is commonly referred to as the Controlled Substances Act. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) most often investigates Federal Trafficking Charges, and is sometimes assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Federal drug trafficking indictments can be accompanied by a variety of other charges – such as conspiracy, RICO, racketeering, and money laundering, just to name a few.

If you are charged with federal drug trafficking, you have a difficult fight ahead. Attorney Simons will protect your rights, and work hard to defend your case. We will use every available means to attack the government’s case. For instance, if the drugs were seized with an invalid search warrant, or in violation of your constitutional rights, we can seek to keep them out of your trial by filing and arguing a motion to suppress.

With harsh mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, a conviction can put you away for a long time. Contact me today for a free consultation.

Federal Trafficking Penalties for Marijuana, Hashish and Hashish Oil, Schedule I Substances

Marijuana
1,000 kilograms or more marijuana mixture or 1,000 or more marijuana plants

First Offense: Not less than 10 yrs. or more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs., or more than life. Fine not more than $10 million if an individual, $50 million if other than an individual.

Second Offense: Not less than 20 yrs. or more than life.  If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment.  Fine not more than $20 million if an individual, $75 million if other than an individual.

Marijuana
100 to 999 kilograms marijuana mixture or 100 to 999 marijuana  plants

First Offense: Not less than 5 yrs. or more than 40 yrs.  If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life.  Fine not more than $5 million if an individual, $25 million if other than an individual.

Second Offense: Not less than 10 yrs. or more than life.  If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment.  Fine not more than $8 million if an individual, $50million if other than an individual.

Marijuana
50 to 99 kilograms marijuana mixture,
50 to 99 marijuana plants

First Offense: Not more than 20 yrs.  If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life.  Fine $1 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual.

Second Offense: Not more than 30 yrs.  If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual.

Hashish
More than 10 kilograms

Hashish Oil
More than 1 kilogram

Marijuana
less than 50 kilograms marijuana (but does not include 50 or more marijuana plants regardless of  weight)

1 to 49 marijuana plants

First Offense: Not more than 5 yrs.  Fine not more than $250,000, $1 million if other than an individual.

Second Offense: Not more than 10 yrs.  Fine $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if other than individual.

Hashish
10 kilograms or less

Hashish Oil
1 kilogram or less

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