Fort Lauderdale Drug Crime Lawyer
Providing aggressive representation against even the most serious federal drug charges
Any drug bust can make your life miserable. But when the investigating and arresting authorities are federal law enforcement, you may experience a whole other level of legal pain. What separates a federal drug crimes charge from one leveled by the state is the type of charge. Another is the severity of the penalties. And in between that is fighting against evidence that may have been collected over a long period of time by federal law enforcement agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the FBI. Given their monetary and technological resources, fighting a federal drug rap takes tenacity, skill and a strategic legal plan. Contact our Fort Lauderdale drug crime lawyers today.
Broward County is a target for federal drug crime investigations. At Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, we are very familiar with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and how the assistant U.S. attorney develops a case. As an experienced drug crimes attorney and skilled veteran of the federal court system, Kevin Kulik is prepared to take on the most difficult drug defense cases. Criminal defense lawyers can take a systematic, strategic approach to your case. And our firm believes that you deserve the best possible defense.
What makes a drug crime a federal issue?
Amended many times since Congress passed the original bill in 1970, the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, also called the Controlled Substances Act, is the statute that spells out which drug charges are federal crimes. It breaks down different controlled substances into categories known as schedules from Schedule I — those considered to be the most dangerous, addictive or likely to be abused, and which have no accepted medical use in the United States — to Schedule V, which includes over-the-counter and prescription medicines with low quantities of narcotics or stimulants.
You could face a federal drug charge if you are arrested for possession of a gram of marijuana in a national park or on other federal property. However, federal law enforcement’s focus is generally on large-scale drug operations that include drug smuggling or trafficking, especially when large quantities of drugs are moved across state lines.
In addition to collecting as much evidence as possible, federal authorities are also relying more heavily than ever on informants. Because of the severe penalties for a conviction, informants testify in exchange for “substantial assistance,” or a reduced sentence.
Depending on the circumstances, you could be facing both state and federal drug charges. Penalties for charges involving Schedule I and Schedule II drugs are the most severe. At the federal level, you could be looking at not less than five years and up to life for a second offense that involved a fatality. Moreover, fines can be in the millions of dollars and your assets can be seized.
Talk to an experienced Fort Lauderdale drug crime lawyer
We have provided sound counsel and aggressive legal representation to clients charged with federal drug crimes for nearly 30 years. To schedule a free and confidential consultation with Kevin J. Kulik, P.A., please contact us online or call us at 954-761-9411. Our Fort Lauderdale drug crime lawyers have the expertise to help you today.