Can I Get My Drug Conspiracy Charge Reduced?
The consequences of a drug conspiracy charge are generally more severe than a simple possession charge. A conviction carries stiff penalties, threatens your freedom and reputation, and can have dramatic and long-term effects on your future, career and livelihood. A New Jersey drug conspiracies attorney protects your rights from overzealous prosecution.
Provisions added to the federal Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 apply the mandatory sentences to any member of the trafficking conspiracy. Originally, the mandatory sentences were mainly used for high-level drug traffickers. Now, everyone involved in a conspiracy is liable for every act of that conspiracy, no matter what their level of involvement. According to a PBS Frontline Report, the number of drug cases in federal prisons increased by 450 percent from 1986 to 1998.
Drug conspiracy cases carry mandatory minimum penalties. However, there are a few ways to avoid the mandatory minimums:
- Get your sentence or charges reduced by the U.S. Attorney’s office.
- Provide “substantial assistance” to prosecutors by turning in others.
- Invoke the “safety valve” reduction — if you have a limited or no criminal history, no violence was involved, you were not a key figure in the conspiracy and you agree to cooperate with the government, your sentence may be reduced.
An experienced New Jersey drug conspiracies attorney can evaluate your options and recommend the best course of action to secure the most favorable outcome possible. You may be able to reduce your charges or even get them dismissed.
Getting charged with drug conspiracy does not necessarily mean you are going to get convicted. The attorneys at Arseneault, Whipple, Fassett & Azzarello, LLP are committed to building you a strong defense and shielding you from the negative aftermath of being implicated in a crime.