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State and federal law enforcement agencies can be expected to deal harshly with anyone suspected of engaging in marijuana distribution, importing, or cultivation. The continuing war on drugs in the U.S. definitely includes a war on marijuana possession and distribution.

If you are under investigation for marijuana distribution, or if you've been arrested or charged with a violation of state or federal laws regarding marijuana distribution, it's a good idea for you to get a skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense firm on your side. Imhoff & Associates has successfully defended marijuana possession charges for clients in state and federal court systems across the United States. Contact a criminal lawyer today to arrange a FREE consultation.

State and Federal Marijuana Distribution Offenses

Your defense attorney is the person who can tell you exactly what you can expect in the state or federal district in which you've become involved. Each state has its own drug laws, and these laws generally mirror the federal statutes, but the penalties of each system differ. The federal penalties are harsher, and the federal guidelines give less leeway to judges regarding sentencing.

Federal Marijuana Trafficking Penalties

If you've been arrested for marijuana distribution by agents of a federal law enforcement agency such as the FBI, Coast Guard, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) or DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), a federal prosecutor may seek the following penalties:

First Offense:

  • 1 to 49 plants or less than 50 kg mixture: up to 5 years in prison, individual fine up to $500,000
  • 100 to 999 plants or 100 to 999 kg mixture: 5 to 40 years in prison, individual fine up to $2 million; if a death serious injury was involved, up to a life sentence in prison. 

Second Offense:

  • If comparing same amounts as above: 10 years to life in prison, individual fine up to $4 million, if death or serious injury involved, a mandatory life sentence.
  • Greater amounts of marijuana plants or mixture carry greater penalties.

 What Your Marijuana Defense Lawyer Can Do

If you have not yet been arrested, or if you've been arrested and not yet charged, the interested law enforcement agency will want to question you. Do not discuss your case with them without having a defense attorney at your side. Do not offer an alibi or try to explain away your circumstances. Many law enforcement officers are quite skilled at seeming sympathetic and friendly ─ don't buy it.

The primary mission of your Imhoff criminal defense attorney is to protect your constitutional rights, such as the right to remain silent, the right to not incriminate yourself, the right to a fair and speedy trial, and the right to presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Your marijuana defense attorney will explore every possible defense for you and conduct a full investigation of your case, including interviewing witnesses. Your lawyer will try to get you out of jail on a bond or bail, and discussions with the prosecutor about a reduction or dismissal of your charges may follow.

Contact Imhoff & Associates Today About Your Criminal Case

Don't let the prosecution take complete control of your marijuana distribution charges. Contact a criminal defense attorney at Imhoff & Associates today to get the top-tier legal representation you need to minimize the negative outcome of your case.