When Do Drug Charges Become Federal Offenses in Washington D.C.?

At Lotze Mosley, LLP, our Washington D.C. criminal defense Lawyer have defended drug crimes clients in both the D.C. Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, as they can be handled differently than other criminal court activity and prosecuted on a local or federal level.

Drug charges in Washington D.C. can become federal at any time because all drug offenses can be both state and federal, depending on numerous factors.

There are also vast differences in the length of sentencing between local and federal drug penalties with the latter almost always harsher than its local handling. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for drug charges, you must contact an experienced drug crimes attorney in Washington D.C. today to ensure your rights are protected and that the evidence against you is examined by a professional, so we can begin establishing the proper defense.

What Are the Factors Associated with Federal Drug Crimes in Washington D.C.?

There are common factors that will dictate how your case is categorized for prosecution, and whether it rises to federal charges.

They can include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of the defendant in the drug charges, including possession, trafficking, or manufacturing
  • The amounts of drugs you were charged with
  • The schedule or type of drugs found at the time of the arrest
  • The individual’s criminal history
  • The location where the alleged crime occurred, including whether it was on federal property, near a school or playground
  • The law enforcement branch that made the arrest, including DEA or FBI
  • How the arrest was organized, and whether there was a federal informant involved
  • If the crime involved crossing jurisdictions, state lines, or international borders

In some cases, federal prosecutors may request jurisdiction over your drug crimes case to implement a crackdown in a specific area of the District. When federal drug charges are waged against you, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney to ensure your rights are protected, so you are not intimidated by the prosecutor and left taking a “deal” that you should avoid.

Just because your case becomes federal does not mean it is an automatic loss. With diligent and hard-working criminal defense attorneys by your side, it is still possible for your case to have a positive outcome — even in federal court.

Our Washington, D.C. criminal lawyers have helped people who were suspected or accused of committing:

Contact Our Experienced Drug Crimes Attorneys at Lotze Mosley Today for Help

If you have been accused of drug crimes in Washington D.C., you are going to need the help of an accomplished Washington, D.C. criminal defense attorney who will fully outline your charges, review the evidence against you, and assess the police’s involvement in your arrest, including any search and seizure violations, to ensure your rights are protected now and going forward.

Contact our experienced  Washington, D.C. criminal defense attorneys at Lotze Mosley, LLP today at (202) 393-0535 today to learn how we can help you build your defense to pursue the best outcome available for your drug charges without delay.