State and Federal Drug Abuse Laws

Where Two Types of Laws and Systems of Court Intersect

Most of us understand the serious implications that come with any sort of drug-related arrest – but many do not fully understand that they could be liable to trial under both state and federal laws, depending on the nature of the crime.

Not all criminal lawyers are prepared or even qualified to represent clients in both state and federal court, so it is of the utmost importance to obtain assistance from a Columbus criminal defense attorney skilled in such matters if you should be facing any sort of drug charges.

The field of “drug crimes” covers a broad area of the law, and includes infractions such as possession, sale (trafficking), manufacture and distribution.  Depending on the circumstances of your case, such offenses may violate state law, federal law or both.  While many drug charges are left up to the state to prosecute, more grievous offenses which fall within the purview and distinct interest of the federal government can be pursued under the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970.

This legislation classifies such substances as narcotics, marijuana and other drugs into five categories and outlines penalties for violating laws surrounding their manufacture and distribution.  While the consequences of a drug crime conviction in state court are no doubt severe, federal penalties are even harsher.  Due to the intersection and overlap of these two legal codes, it goes without saying that you will require the assistance of a team well-versed in both state and federal law and procedure if you have been arrested on a drug charge.

Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbus

Not all law firms are created equally.  While many are willing to claim a great deal, James D. Owen, LLC stands proudly upon its proven and time-tested track record and on the respect and recognition it has received from other attorneys and the media alike.  We are prepared to offer strong and personalized legal counsel through both state and federal proceedings, no matter the nature of the charges you may be facing.  Our system of justice demands that the prosecution not be allowed to trample your constitutional rights to due process and a fair trial.  Allow our diligent team to be the experienced legal advocate that you seek.

Drug crimes require the skilled work of an attorney across state and federal legal codes.  Contact a Columbus Criminal Defense Lawyer today for immediate assistance.