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Federal Treatment of Specific Drugs

Cleveland-Area Lawyer Represents Clients Facing Federal Drug Charges

Dedicated Ohio advocate battles to protect the rights of accused individuals

If you are convicted of a federal drug crime, your punishment depends on a number of factors, including the type of drug involved, how it is classified under the law, the quantity of the drug in question, and what you intended to do with the controlled substance. At Law Office of Gregory S. Robey in Maple Heights, attorney Gregory Robey is an accomplished criminal defense attorney with more than 25 years of experience fighting for clients’ rights. Whatever type of drug is involved, our firm will ensure you understand the litigation process and potential penalties so that you can make informed decisions about your case.

Aggressive Maple Heights litigator details laws relating to specific drugs

The Controlled Substances Act established federal drug policy on the possession, manufacture, importation, use and distribution of certain substances. Under that act, federal criminal law applies standards relating to various types of drugs, such as:

  • Marijuana — Even in states where the personal use of marijuana is legal, you can still be arrested on federal charges if you are in possession of the drug. Possession of more than one kilogram of cannabis carries a sentence of at least six months.
  • Heroin and opiates — Sales of heroin and other opiates are punished severely. Because heroin is a Schedule I controlled substance, the sale of just 100 grams of heroin triggers a five-year minimum sentence, even when no injury occurs. A first offense for heroin possession is usually punished by a year in prison as well as a fine.
  • Prescription drugs — Controlled substances include drugs obtained through unauthorized prescriptions. Whether a case involves frequently trafficked drugs such as oxycodone or Vicodin or something not usually prone to abuse, these cases must be taken seriously.
  • Crack and cocaine — The penalties for selling crack used to be much more severe than those associated with powdered cocaine. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 lessened the impact of this disparity, but the sentence is still harsh for those convicted of selling either substance.
  • Methamphetamines — In 2016, approximately one-third of all individuals sentenced under the federal drug trafficking guidelines were charged in connection with methamphetamine, with the average sentence lasting more than seven years.

Since 1991, our firm has represented clients accused of all types of federal drug crimes. Whether your case involves alleged trafficking, manufacture, sale or conspiracy, we will construct the strongest possible defense on your behalf.

Contact a knowledgeable Ohio federal criminal defense lawyer for help with drug charges

Law Office of Gregory S. Robey represents Cleveland-area residents accused of federal drug crimes and other types of offenses. Please call 877-219-2514 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our office in Maple Heights.


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