Portland Drug Conspiracy and Distribution Defense Attorneys
Providing Strong & Aggressive Representation against All Drug Charges
One of the most powerful tools the federal government has in federal drug cases is the expansive federal conspiracy law. A federal drug conspiracy exists where two or more persons agree to commit any act in violation of federal drug laws. Often cases involving five, ten, fifteen, twenty or more people involved in a single federal conspiracy are brought under one federal indictment. Often the leaders of the conspiracy – the alleged kingpins – are charged together with the personal amount purchasers and everyone in between including mid-level dealers and mules. Under Federal conspiracy law every member of the conspiracy, no matter how small a role they played, is responsible for the reasonably foreseeable acts of every other co-conspirator. That means the the little guy is in as much hot water as the cartel boss.
The seriousness of a federal drug charge is driven primarily by the amount of drugs involved. Mandatory minimum sentences are also triggered by the amounts of whichever controlled substances are at issue. As a result in federal drug conspiracy and distribution cases, mandatory minimum sentences are almost always a risk.
Furthermore, federal law dictates that people facing mandatory minimum drug charges are to be held in custody pending their trial. Even if their alleged involvement in the conspiracy is minimal, because of the charge they are facing an uphill battle to get released prior to trial. Securing a favorable pretrial release for our clients while we take the necessary steps to defend the case is critical to the well-being of our clients and their families. That is our first priority.
At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., our Portland drug distribution defense attorneys are experienced and skilled at navigating the federal court system. We are dedicated to providing proficient representation in distribution and manufacture cases involving a variety of offenses.
These offenses include:
- Cocaine and crack offenses
- Methamphetamine offenses
- Marijuana offenses
- Heroin, ecstasy, and pharmaceutical offenses
- Len Bias cases
Drug Distribution Investigations
Federal drug distribution charges often come after a lengthy investigation has been conducted. Typically, these cases involve the investigation of a large number of persons over a period of months, if not years. Many people can be swept up in these investigations, from the leader of a large narcotics distribution ring to an innocent acquaintance of a suspected user. All might be charged in the same conspiracy. These investigations commonly rely on search warrants, seizures, informants, and phone or wiretaps to document the accused's electronic communications,
It is not unusual for these charges to come after an undercover investigation in which the accused allegedly sold drugs to a paid informant, cooperating witness, or federal agent. On the surface, this evidence may seem solid and overwhelming, but that does not mean there are no options for defense. Our experience has taught us that every case needs to be examined thoroughly and all avenues of defense explored to pursue the best possible outcome.
Contact Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C.
Our law firm is committed to providing high-quality legal representation at reasonable rates. We are also dedicated to discretion and protecting our clients' privacy to the greatest extent possible as they move through the criminal justice system.
If you are looking for an experienced Portland drug distribution defense lawyer, call us at (503) 303-0771, or contact us online.