Federal Drug Charges Attorney

South Carolina defense lawyer Matt Bodman vigorously fights for people's rights

Federal drug cases are different from drug charges on the state level. From which court has jurisdiction over such cases to which government agency investigates them, federal drug cases can be complicated.

Federal drug charge attorney Matt Bodman is well-versed in federal and state drug laws and has represented clients in both U.S. Courts and South Carolina Courts. Whether you are a college student, someone who has been working for years or someone who's struggling to put your life together, you should not hesitate to contact us if you have been charged with a federal drug crime in South Carolina. Call (866) 806-8608 and schedule a free consultation.

What is the difference between state and federal drug charges?

One difference involves who is in charge of enforcing the law. Agencies like Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) normally serve as the lead investigators in federal drug crimes.

Such investigations by well-funded government organizations often last months or years. As a result, the amount of evidence gathered in a typical federal drug case can be staggering.

But you can level the playing field by hiring attorney Bodman, who has the experience and resources people facing serious federal drug charges need. He knows how to carefully comb through mountains of evidence to find the facts you need to build a case designed to get the results you need. He also understands the differences between federal criminal defense cases and state criminal defense cases.

What are common federal drug charges?

Many federal drug charges are similar to state drug charges. In almost every case, you could theoretically be charged at the federal level for most drug crimes. Common drug charges include:

  • Drug conspiracy
  • Drug trafficking

Federal drug crimes often involve more serious infractions like drug trafficking and the manufacturing of illegal drugs. Federal drug charges are also often filed in the following circumstances:

  • Drug crime occurred on federal property
  • Federal agent conducts arrest
  • Prosecution based on information obtained from federal informant
  • Federal prosecutor request permission to handle case

What are the penalties for federal drug crimes?

Mandatory minimum prison sentences exist for many serious federal drug crimes like drug trafficking and the sale of illegal drugs. The penalties for some of the most common federal drug crimes include:

Marijuana trafficking

50 to 99 kilograms

  • (First Offense) - Up to 20 years in prison, $1 million fine
  • (Second Offense) - Up to 30 years in prison, $2 million fine

100 to 999 kilograms

  • (First Offense) - 5 to 40 years in prison, up to $5 million fine
  • (Second Offense) - 10 years to life in prison, up to $8 million fine

1,000 kilograms or more

  • (First Offense) - 10 years to life in prison, up to $10 million fine
  • (Second Offense) - 20 years to life in prison, up to $20 million fine

Cocaine trafficking

500 to 4,999 grams

  • (First Offense) - 5 to 40 years in prison, up to $5 million fine
  • (Second Offense) - 10 years to life in prison, up to $8 million fine

5 kilograms or more

  • (First Offense) - 10 years to life in prison, up to $10 million fine
  • (Second Offense) - 20 years to life in prison, up to $20 million fine
  • (Third Offense) - Life in prison, up to $20 million fine


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