Portland Drug Crimes Defense | Maine Drug Possession & Trafficking
Drug trafficking has become a significant issue in the United States and it has made its way to Maine. Communities are being overrun by drugs and medical facilities are dealing with more drug overdoses than ever before. This has the Maine Drug Enforcement agency, local law enforcement, and Federal agencies working together to reduce drugs in the state in an effort to save lives and futures.
If you are from the Portland, Maine region and you have been accused of a drug crime, you need a drug crimes defense attorney representing you. Even when it is determined that there is merit to the charges, this doesn’t mean that you are destined to be dealt the maximum penalty. The right representation can make a significant difference in the outcome.
Fighting Drug Offense Charges
Drug possession, drug trafficking, and the manufacturing of drugs are common charges. Trafficking is a crime that can be charged whether money is made or not. A drug trafficking charge can be filed if drugs are manufactured, imported, exported, dispensed, distributed, or possessed. Even the intent to manufacture, distribute, import, expert, dispense, or distribute can result in a drug trafficking charge.
At the Law Office of Richard Berne, clients have been defended in state and Federal court when charged with any of the following:
- Aggravated drug trafficking
- Distribution or dispensing of drugs
- Possession of a scheduled drug or controlled substance
- Cultivation or manufacturing of drugs
- Drug distribution
- Interstate transportation of drugs
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Conspiracy with the intent to distribute
Drug Crime Defense In Federal Court
Drug trafficking becomes a Federal offense when it crosses state lines. This gets the Federal government and a Federal prosecutor involved. The case is tried in a Federal court. Trafficking convictions can carry harsher penalties than those instituted at the state level. The prison sentence can range from three years to life in prison, but there are certain factors that determine the penalties. Those factors are:
- The type of controlled substance involved and amount
- The location of the arrest (school zone, park, etc.), which can aggravate the trafficking charge
- Previous criminal offenses
Regardless of why you are charged, it’s important to have a solid drug trafficking defense in your corner so that you have a chance toward a better future.
Contact A Portland Drug Crimes Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with drug trafficking, it’s imperative to speak with an experienced attorney. To learn more about how the Law Office of Richard Berne can help you, call 207-871-7770 to schedule a free consultation.