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Heroin defense attorneys are criminal lawyers who represent individuals accused of (or suspected of) drug crimes involving heroin, including:

  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to sell or distribute
  • Manufacture
  • Delivery
  • Sale

A Heroin Defense Lawyer to Protect Your Rights

Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs available, and it accounts for a great deal of criminal activity in the U.S. Derived from poppy flowers grown in Afghanistan, South America and other places, heroin is a multi-billion-dollar industry. If you are at the end of the supply chain for heroin or at any stop along the way you need a knowledgeable heroin defense lawyer to protect your legal rights.

In particular, if you have been accused of a heroin-related crime by a law enforcement agency (e.g., local police, the FBI, DEA, ICE, Coast Guard), they will want to question you regarding your involvement in the alleged crime. It's very important that you have a heroin defense attorney present when you are interrogated. Don't have a conversation with the law enforcement officers or a prosecutor on your own; anything that you say can be used against you later.

Penalties for Heroin Offenses

Each state and the federal government have heroin-related laws that spell out the specific aspects of the crimes plus the potential punishment. A heroin defense attorney has the extensive knowledge of state and federal heroin statutes that will enable him or her to tell you what you can expect from the criminal justice system in which you've become involved. The possible penalties for heroin offenses include:

  • Suspension or revocation of your driver's license
  • Mandatory registration as a drug offender
  • Mandatory drug counseling
  • Jail and/or prison time
  • Fines

Factors that Affect Heroin Penalties

The potential penalties for heroin crimes depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Whether the heroin offense is state or federal
  • The prior criminal history of the accused, including any convictions involving heroin or another illegal drug
  • How much heroin was involved (the greater the amount, the higher the likely penalties)
  • Whether an intent to sell or distribute the heroin can be established by the prosecutor
  • Whether a minor (a person under 18 years old) was involved in the offense in any way

Talk to a Heroin Defense Law Firm Near You

If you have been accused of a state or federal drug crime involving heroin, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area today.