Federal charges raise the stakes

Federal charges raise the stakes

On Behalf of | Jul 24, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

If local authorities believe someone has committed a crime, they may go through the proper channels of investigation, arrest and prosecution through the state of Florida’s judicial system. Trial court judges may have some leniency with sentencing, and prosecutors may not have an abundance of resources at their disposal for investigation and evidence collecting. However, if someone is charged with federal crimes, they can be certain to face the full resources of the federal government. 

A federal case has a greater probability of conviction than a case at the state level. Additionally, federal penalties are often more severe, and judges may be forced to comply with mandatory minimum sentences. This may be the situation a local man is facing after his recent arrest for federal drug charges. 

An uncertain future ahead 

The 29-year-old man allegedly conspired with two women in another state, who are accused of sending the man controlled substances through the U.S. Postal Service. Authorities believe the three collaborated for more than 18 months to distribute large quantities of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl throughout Central Florida. Police and federal agents report that during the arrest of the man, they seized additional quantities of drugs and a stolen firearm. 

A federal indictment accuses the three of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Because of the circumstances surrounding the offense, each of the accused now faces the possibility of a life sentence if a court convicts them. However, anyone accused of federal crimes has the right to sound legal representation and a fair trial.