Aggressive Representation to Protect You from Mandatory Minimums - Federal Cocaine Criminal Defense
When you are taken into custody and face charges in Federal Court for cocaine possession or distribution, you have a serious risk of a lengthy term in the federal prison system. Federal drug charges are a very serious matter because of the harsh federal sentencing scheme, which can include mandatory minimum sentences. If you are convicted of a cocaine offense involving a sufficient quantity of drugs to be subject to the mandatory minimum, you will have no opportunity for probation. This mandatory minimum will apply unless the charges are dismissed or you are acquitted at trial. Unfortunately, prison time is the usual result in Federal Court cocaine cases unless you successfully challenge the case that is presented by the government.
Federal Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys Prepared to Provide a Scorched Earth Defense
Our Federal Cocaine Defense Lawyers, Jeff Greco and Dustan Neyland, have represented a multitude of defendants facing the full spectrum of cocaine cases. While there are many good criminal defense attorneys in New York, you need every advantage that you can get when you are dealing with inflexible federal sentencing and skilled government lawyers in Federal Court. Our attorneys draw on the skill and experience that we developed as former prosecutors in order to anticipate the strategy of the Assistant United States Attorney and to identify the most effective potential defenses. When you face the real possibility of spending many years in federal prison, you need defense attorneys who are ready to scorch the earth in your defense, which requires extensive preparation and commitment to our clients.
Understanding Federal Mandatory Minimums for Cocaine Possession
The Assistant United States Attorney exploits the tactical advantage derived from exposing defendants to harsh mandatory minimum sentences in order to get efficient results in government cases. Under the United States Sentencing Guidelines (USSG), the accused risks the prospect of a mandatory minimum sentence if the possession or distribution of cocaine exceeds specific weight thresholds. If you have been charged with possession with intent to distribute five (5) kilograms or more of cocaine, you face a mandatory minimum sentence of ten (10) years in federal prison unless you prevail in the case. This mandatory minimum applies even if you had a completely clean record prior to the arrest for which you are awaiting prosecution. However, our attorneys may be able to help you get a different outcome other than the mandatory minimum, depending on the facts and circumstances of your situation.
There are many complications that affect sentencing under the USSG, so you should consult with an experienced federal defense attorney at Greco ♦ Neyland, PC, to obtain an understanding of your exposure to incarceration in federal prison. The form of cocaine involved in your case also is important because cocaine (powder) and crack cocaine are treated very differently under the USSG.
Use of Conspiracy Charges Allows for Greater Prosecutorial Power
Conspiracy charges allows the federal government to charge individuals who neither came into direct contact with the cocaine nor had any direct involvement in the transportation or sale of the narcotic. Conspiracy law essentially expands the authority of the federal prosecutor, so the government can charge individuals who were around those involved in the alleged drug possession. In other words, this strategy permits the government to cast an extremely wide net that can ensnare those who would not otherwise be aware that they have committed a serious crime.
Call Us Today to Tip the Scales of Justice in Your Favor
Our federal drug crimes defense law firm, Greco Neyland, PC, is prepared to start by analyzing the legality of the search that revealed the drugs that formed the basis of your case and by investigating the reliability of police informants. We offer a free consultation, so please contact us today at (914) 358-9146 or click here to schedule your initial case evaluation.
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