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Illinois federal drug trafficking defense lawyerPossessing, selling, or distributing drugs can be a serious offense that carries serious charges, no matter where you live. When you are charged with drug trafficking, however, the sentence and corresponding fines can be even more severe. If you have been charged in federal court with drug trafficking, it is imperative to immediately speak with a legal professional. The longer you wait to understand the charges you are facing and what options you have, the more difficult it may be to build a proper case to mitigate the effects of the charges.

The first step in any criminal case is to understand the type of charge and exactly what it means. The differences between drug trafficking and distributing are many, but the basic difference is that a drug trafficking charge will likely be a federal charge while a possession or simple distribution charge most often will be handled at the state level. Federal charges generally carry longer sentences and can have a more severe effect on a person’s long-term record.

The International Issue of Drug Trafficking

The United Nations describes drug trafficking as a global problem. It is an illicit trade involving the manufacture and distribution of illegal substances across countries and continents. One of the most complex drug trafficking trade operations involves the manufacture and distribution of heroin. The abuse of heroin and other opioids has become such a problem that American health officials have started referring to it as an epidemic. The vast majority of the world’s heroin comes from Afghanistan, estimated at 380 tons annually. Another 50 tons come from the nations of Myanmar and Laos.

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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerIt was at the end of October when an Illinois woman was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after being convicted of drug trafficking. The woman was charged with selling drugs through the mail to a man in South Dakota, who later died after using the heroin he had purchased from her. The story is interesting, as many people know that drug trafficking charges are usually tried at the state level. So, what makes drug trafficking a federal crime?

When Trafficking Charges Become Federal

It is true that much of the time, those facing drug trafficking charges will be prosecuted by their own state. If convicted, they will then likely be sentenced to a number of years in state prison. However, there are certain circumstances that could change state trafficking charges to federal charges. These include:

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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerIn 2017, then Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the government’s war on opioids. Ever since, no healthcare agency or provider has been immune from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) investigations. For nearly two years, the DEA has been aggressively investigating physicians, pharmacists, dentists, and other healthcare professionals for drug diversion.

Due to this, it is important healthcare providers understand the initial signs that could indicate they are under investigation, so they can take the necessary steps to address the problem quickly. The process you can expect if you are under investigation are below.

Patient File Audit

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Illinois federal crimes attorney, Illinois fraud attorney, Illinois defense lawyer, Chances are, if you have been accused of a money laundering crime, you were already aware of the seriousness of the crime before the allegations were filed against you, as it is an activity that has existed for many years. It has been heavily prosecuted, with ramifications that are far-reaching, wielding power to impact countless individuals and organizations, depending on the severity of the offense. This is because money laundering is not a simple, petty crime; it consists of many complex layers and often has a chain-reaction effect that leaves trails of damages.

If you are being accused of laundering activity, here are some steps to take:

Determine Whether Your Activity Is Considered Money Laundering

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drug crimes, federal prosecution, Illinois Defense LawyerWith many states around the country beginning to loosen their statutes regarding the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana, both remain illegal and subject to prosecution in the state of Illinois. The penalties for a marijuana conviction in Illinois range from a slap on the wrist to years in prison, depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime. While simple possession carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail, a trafficking conviction may result in a 30 year prison sentence. Trafficking charges are further complicated by the fact that they may bring you within federal jurisdiction, facing imprisonment in a federal prison. For this reason, trafficking charges should be handled with a comprehensive and aggressive defense.

What is Drug Trafficking?

Transporting a large quantity of illegal drugs for the purpose of selling, distributing or delivering is referred to as drug trafficking. The term generally conjures thoughts of highly organized drug cartels, using ships and airplanes to traffic drugs into the United States. While these circumstances do meet the definition, most trafficking cases are far less dramatic and involve individuals who probably don't even consider themselves traffickers.

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