Washington Federal Drug Charge Attorneys
Facing drug charges in the state courts of Washington, Oregon, or Idaho is tough enough, but if you are facing federal drug charges, the stakes are even higher and the legal challenges far greater. You want a lawyer who has handled multiple federal trials and who can protect your future and your freedom. At the Spokane Law Offices of Christian J. Phelps, we handle federal drug charge cases in all of the federal districts in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. In special cases, we will travel to other federal districts.
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Federal court presents an entirely different set of circumstances than the state courts of Washington, Idaho and Oregon. In addition to different rules and procedures, you face much steeper penalties. And with more prosecutors and judges handling fewer drug charges, the conviction rate is much higher.
In federal court, statues quantify every single drug, matching different penalties for different volumes. For example, there is a 100-1 disparity between powder cocaine and crack cocaine:
- 500 Grams of Powder Cocaine = Mandatory 5 Years in Federal Prison
- 5 Grams of Crack Cocaine = Mandatory 5 Years in Federal Prison
You also face what's called "relevant conduct" where you can be punished for conduct you were not even convicted of if it relates to a crime you are convicted of. In addition to stricter penalties and less stringent standards of evidence, you may also be fighting better-equipped, well-funded agencies, such as the FBI, DEA, and ATF.
No matter what charges you face or what agency is conducting your investigation, we will handle your federal drug charges with the same aggressive approach. We will fight search and seizure procedures and challenge all evidence that the federal prosecution tries to bring to trial.
We understand the inherent risk of fighting a case in federal court where the opponent has greater resources and less accountability. We will help you explore all of your legal options and pursue the strategy that is best for you.
Make sure you speak with an attorney who is familiar with the rigors of federal court before you say anything to police or investigators. From our Spokane offices, we are ready to help. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.