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Federal drug charges are different from state drug charges

When we discuss drug crimes, we often refer to incidents of possession or sale that occur within the state of Florida and are thus prosecuted under state laws. These state drug laws can be very complex, with many different punishable crimes and consequences, but it may surprise you to learn that there are even more types of drug crimes that you may be accused of including federal drug crimes.

Unlike state drug crimes, federal drug crimes often refer to drug crimes that occur in multiple states or even all across the country, and the penalties are often even more severe. Imagine, for instance, that a police officer pulls you over and finds drugs in your vehicle. The officer can accuse you of possession then and there, and you will need to defend yourself against drug charges pursuant to the drug laws of Florida.

However, if the authorities have reason to suspect that you were engaging in the intrastate transportation of illegal drugs for purposes of sales and distribution, you may end up facing federal charges.

The good news is that even if a police officer finds drugs in your vehicle, you don't necessarily have to kiss your freedom goodbye. Many people feel that there is no point in trying to defend themselves against charges with such concrete evidence. Remember, you have rights, and a violation of those rights during the arrest process could result in the charges be reduced or even dropped.

If you are facing drug charges in the state of Florida, or if you are facing federal drug charges, please visit our webpage. Not only do we have years of experience handling drug crimes in Florida, but we are also familiar with the serious criminal charges that a federal charge might bring.

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