Federal Drug Crimes Attorneys in Portland
Offering Aggressive Representation for Clients throughout Oregon
Recent directives from the United States Department of Justice indicate that federal prosecutors are returning to failed policies of the “war on drugs.” US Attorney’s offices have been ordered to charge and seek convictions for the most serious offense they can charge in federal court.
Up until recently progress was being made in reducing the penalties faced by non-violent drug offenders – particularly first-time offenders. This trend appears to have been arrested and reversed. A similar reverse appears to be on the horizon with regard to the federal prosecution of marijuana-related offenses.
Drug cases brought in federal court are usually far more serious than their state-court counterparts. Draconian mandatory minimums sentences can be triggered. Even low-level offenders who may not be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence can face an extreme sentence under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. In addition federal conspiracy laws make even low-level offenders subject to much higher sentences based on the conduct of other people in the case.
Federal criminal defense involves different laws, rules and procedures that state criminal defense. Federal drug crime defense can be far more complex than state drug case defense. Federal drug charges are also often brought together with allegations of money laundering, and the possession and or use of firearms. Criminal and/or civil forfeiture of assets is also routinely sought by the prosecuton. It is almost is recommended that you speak with knowledgeable federal drug crimes attorneys in Portland early on in your case to find out what options are available, what the best steps for you to take are, and how an attorney can benefit your case.
Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. handles all types of federal drug offenses, including the following:
- Possesion with Intent to Distribute
Our team at Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. has more than 60 years of combined legal experience and we are an invaluable resource to have in a criminal case. The penalties if convicted are significant, so having our extensive experience and vast familiarity with both the federal drug laws and court systems can be extremely beneficial.
Federal Drug Investigations
The DEA, FBI, ATF, ICE, and the IRS are some of the main federal organizations that are routinely involved in federal drug investigations. These investigations are usually far broader and more detailed than their state-court counterparts. They often involve the use of paid and unpaid informants, months of physical and camera surveillance, wiretaps on any cellphones involved, and secret subpoenas to banks and other entities for information related to the suspects..
Each and every aspect of the government’s investigation must be thoroughly analyzed for compliance with the relevant Constitutional, statutory and regulatory provisions. Defense attorneys are routinely buried with an avalanche of investigatory material provided by the government – what defense lawyers call “discovery.” Such discovery is often so voluminous that it requires specialized software in order to search, organize and analyze it properly. These cases can be time-consuming and difficult. An experienced federal drug crimes lawyer is an absolute necessity in such cases.
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The attorneys at Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. are extremely familiar with drug laws at both the state and federal level, as well as the different judicial proceedings that are involved in cases at the federal level. We work hard in and out of the courtroom to make sure that you have a strong defense during each step of the legal process.
If you have been charged with a federal drug offense, call (503) 303-0771 and speak with a trustworthy federal drug crimes attorney in Portland about your case.