Even though state and federal criminal charges may sound similar to the ear, legally speaking, they are often not. If someone is facing federal charges, they may be facing higher fines and longer prison sentences. Since there is more on the line to lose, it is even more important to consider mounting a strong defense when federal drug charges are imminent, which often results if federal agencies are involved.
A Louisiana man is facing a number of drug distribution charges after being the target of an undercover operation conducted by a number of state, local and federal law enforcement agencies. Currently, he has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of possession of a controlled substance I with intent to distribute, distribution of a controlled substance I, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance II, and distribution of a controlled substance III.
According to the authorities, the 34-year-old man was selling narcotics at a hotel. Once he was captured, investigators allegedly seized a number of controlled substances, including marijuana, cocaine and crystal methamphetamine. In addition to this, law enforcement agencies also claimed he was in possession of a firearm, even though he is a convicted felon.
Though it may seem daunting to fight drug charges in a court of law, it is important for those accused to remember they have the constitutional right to tell their side of the story in court. Depending on one’s circumstances and background, though, that might not always be the best option for everyone and it may be beneficial to consult an experienced defense attorney to decide how to best defend oneself.