Len Bias charges require experienced legal representation
Most people aren't familiar with Len Bias drug charges until they find themselves facing them. The federal Len Bias law was passed by Congress back in the 1980s to impose mandatory minimum sentences in certain drug cases.
It's named for a college basketball player who fatally overdosed on cocaine just two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics. The law requires mandatory minimum sentences of at least 20 years for anyone convicted of distributing drugs that cause death or serious injury. Even people who had little if anything to do with the drugs in a particular case can find themselves considered part of the "conspiracy."
Several years ago, The Oregonian reported that our state had more Len Bias prosecutions than any other state. In one month alone, there were 40.
The threat of Len Bias charges is often used against defendants to frighten them into providing information on others. Federal and state prosecutors see these charges as an important tool in catching and convicting drug traffickers at the top of the distribution chain.
If you are facing Len Bias charges, it's essential to have an experienced legal defense team on your side that will aggressively protect your rights and present your case. It's essential to obtain legal counsel right away before you're pressured into an admission or into signing something that you'll regret.
The attorneys at Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. are licensed to represent clients in federal court as well as state court. You can find out more about Len Bias cases as well as the many other types of federal cases we handle right here on our website.