Drug Trafficking Charges Can Carry Steep Penalties
Contrary to what most people believe, drug trafficking charges aren’t reserved for drug smugglers and cultivators of marijuana and methamphetamine. Drug trafficking charges are often a function of the quantity of certain drugs found on a person at the time of his or her arrest. For example, in the state of Illinois, if you’re arrested with more than 5 grams of cocaine, you can be charged with “intent to sell.” In the case of marijuana, if you’re arrested with 2.5 grams or more in a school zone, you can be charged with trafficking. Additionally, prosecutors often introduce conspiracy charges in drug trafficking cases. Conspiracy charges allege that you and others were involved in planning to commit a crime. In order to be convicted on drug conspiracy charges, prosecutors don’t have to show that you actually sold drugs or that you committed a crime. Prosecutors need only prove that two or more people joined together and planned on committing a crime. As a result, a drug possession case can involve very serious drug charges after prosecutors decide how they want to charge you.
At the criminal defense Law Office of Philip Nathe, we work with our own investigators and forensic experts in drug trafficking cases. If involved in a case early on, we may be able to pre-empt certain charges or have the charges against you reduced when it’s clear there isn’t enough evidence to support trafficking charges. To schedule a free, confidential consultation and discuss your case, contact drug trafficking defense lawyer Philip Nathe today.
Facing Drug Trafficking Charges
The Law Office of Philip Nathe defends people charged with drug trafficking involving the following:
Criminal Forfeitures And Drug Trafficking Charges
Under state and federal law, the government can seize property and assets it believes were acquired with the proceeds from illegal drug activity. In most cases involving charges of drug trafficking and possession, a person’s car is impounded and seized by the authorities. However, in cases where marijuana is found growing in a home or there is evidence of drug manufacturing on a person’s property, you could lose your home.
Additionally, criminal forfeitures are civil cases and are separate from the criminal case against you. As a result, even if you are found “not guilty” of drug trafficking charges, you could still lose your property in the criminal forfeiture against you. In fact, it’s not beyond the government to use a criminal forfeiture against a suspect in order to freeze bank accounts and make it more difficult for them to defend themselves. As your attorney, Mr. Nathe can challenge a criminal forfeiture by demanding that the government provide proof to proceed. In many cases, our office can pre-empt a criminal forfeiture by showing that the government doesn’t have enough proof to justify their case.
Providing An Aggressive Defense For Serious Charges
Drug trafficking charges are serious and demand an experienced narcotics trafficking defense attorney who understands who prosecutors and investigators think. As a former state’s assistant attorney, Mr. Nathe understands firsthand how investigators use unreliable informants and questionable interrogation techniques to build cases against those suspected or charged with drug trafficking.
To schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case, contact Naperville, Illinois, drug trafficking defense attorney Philip Nathe.