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Lawyers for Federal Drug Crimes

At the Oberheiden, P.C., our experienced criminal defense attorneys and former federal prosecutors are dedicated to representing individuals and corporations that have been charged with serious drug crimes. We handle cases nationwide and have significant experience helping our clients fight charges for the possession, use, manufacture, distribution, and sale of illegal drugs. If you have been arrested or are under investigation, follow the links below to learn more about what we can do to help.

Prohibited Substances Explained

Drugs such as cocaine, heroin, LSD, marijuana, and methamphetamine are controlled substances under federal law. While some states have legalized possession and use of small amounts of marijuana, trafficking and use of any controlled substance (including marijuana) remain federal crimes. Federal task forces are constantly on the hunt for violators of U.S. drug laws, and federal prosecutors aggressively pursue harsh punishment for the illegal use, possession, and distribution of controlled substances.

Defending Against Federal Drug Crimes

Facing federal charges for a drug crime is a serious matter. The average prison sentence for federal drug crimes ranges from 36 months for marijuana offenses to more than eight years for trafficking cocaine. A third trafficking offense carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment and potentially millions of dollars in fines. If you are being investigated or have been arrested on federal drug charges, we encourage you to contact us right away.

Drug Trafficking

“Trafficking” refers to the manufacture, sale, distribution, or transportation of larger amounts of illegal controlled substances. Cases involving smaller quantities are charged as possession or possession with intent to distribute, which is a lesser offense than trafficking. If the facts relevant to your case involve the crossing of state lines, you can face federal charges (as well as state charges) for criminal trafficking.

Drug Manufacturing

Along with trafficking, drug manufacturing is one of the most aggressively prosecuted drug crimes under federal law. If convicted of manufacturing illegal drugs, you are likely to be sentenced to several years, if not life, in federal prison. Note that the federal government’s definition of manufacturing is extremely broad, including selling equipment or chemicals to help someone else manufacture drugs.


Under the federal government’s definition of a conspiracy, it is possible to be convicted for conspiring with someone who you have never even met. Prosecutors use conspiracy charges to try to hold suspects responsible for the acts of others, and sometimes such suspects will agree to testify in exchange for a reduced sentence or lesser charges. If you have been charged with a criminal conspiracy relating to drug crimes, you need experienced legal representation.

Drug Possession

If you are caught with a relatively small amount of a controlled substance, you are likely to face charges of possession or possession with intent to distribute. Intent to distribute can be inferred from the amount in your possession, packaging of the drugs, possession of a large amount of money, or communications with potential customers. You can face charges for simple possession even if you did not have any drugs on you at the time of your arrest.

Illegal Importation of Drugs

With only certain, well-defined exceptions, it is illegal to import drugs into the United States. Illegal importation of controlled substances and prescription drugs can get you into serious trouble with numerous government agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), customs, and state police.

Prescription Drug Crimes

Federal and state police and prosecutors are cracking down on illegal activity involving prescription drugs. From driving under the influence of prescription drugs to burglarizing pharmacies and selling medications illegally, crimes involving prescriptions draw the government’s attention and carry significant penalties. The attorneys at Oberheiden, P.C. can help you fight your charges and seek to avoid incarceration.

Speak with a Federal Drug Crimes Lawyer about Your Case

For the best possible defense, it is absolutely crucial to be proactive about fighting federal drug charges. The government agencies and prosecutors have a head start, and they may already be planning their next move against you. To start fighting back, call Oberheiden, P.C. at (888) 727-0472 or request a free case evaluation online today.

Orange County 714-294-2000
Los Angeles 310-873-8140
Detroit 313-888-8807
Nationwide 888-452-2503