Federal Drug Sentencing Guidelines
Anyone who has been arrested under federal drug law will face serious consequences.
That's why you need to contact a criminal defense attorney who knows federal drug law as soon as you've been accused.
Michael Anzalone is the right choice for you. He is well-versed in both the state court system in New Hampshire and the federal system. That means he can represent you in a federal drug case.
Under the federal drug sentencing guidelines, anyone caught with a certain amount of illegal drugs can be charged of drug trafficking. This term applies in many cases where under state laws many might assume the charges would be drug possession. If you are in possession of a smaller amount of drugs, the guidelines call for a lesser penalty.
Again, depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you could be looking at significant charges, which include jail time.
Under federal guidelines, the sentence is based on the following factors: the conduct associated with the offense and the person's criminal history.
And you'll need a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer like Michael Anzalone to help you figure out what kinds of penalties you could be facing if you are convicted.
There are 43 levels of offenses in the federal systems. And there are adjustments that could be applicable under your case. Again, your attorney can help with figuring this out.
But, for example, under the federal sentencing guidelines, your case would fit into one of four sentencing zones A, B, C or D. Zone A is the least serious and someone sentenced in this zone could receive a sentence ranging from nothing to 6 months. It goes up from there, with each zone offering more maximum prison time.
And, a defendant sentenced under Zone A could be eligible for federal probation, while in a Zone C conviction, the defendant has to serve at least half of their prison sentence.
There is a calculator for figuring out federal sentencing guidelines, which is helpful to look at.
At any rate, if you have been arrested under federal drug violations, the very best advice for you is to immediately contact a criminal defense lawyer. If you are represented by Michael Anzalone or The Anzalone Law Firm, he will advise you not to speak to investigators without a legal representative present for the interview. That's because they can hold anything you tell them against you to use in your case.
This is the kind of case that can wreck your life and that of your family. It can ruin your reputation and it can result in you losing your job. If a judge finds that you are in need of rehabilitation, you could be ordered into a rehab facility in addition to your prison sentence.
So, the best advice from your lawyer is to never get involved in drugs. But if you have been arrested it's too late to worry about that.
Pick up the phone and call The Anzalone Law Firm in Nashua, New Hampshire, today for a free consultation with Michael Anzalone.