State And Federal Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking or distribution laws address the transportation, illegal import and selling of unlawful controlled substances. It can apply to serious drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin as well as lesser drugs like marijuana. Always considered a felony, the proposed punishment will depend on such factors as the type of drug, the amount involved, and where it was distributed.

Located in Decatur but serving the greater Atlanta area, The Law Office of Miya Griggs often represents those facing drug trafficking or other criminal charges. Regardless of the charges, we work with clients to build the strongest possible defense. This starts with listening to the details of the case and examining circumstances of the arrest. We then form a strategy based on attorney Griggs' extensive experience working both sides of cases in court as a Fulton County prosecutor as well as a criminal defense lawyer.

When Is Drug Trafficking A Federal Crime?

Most drug charges go through the state of Georgia's legal system, but there are instances where it is a federal crime. The reasons for this include the following:

  • The arresting officer was a federal agent such as DEA.
  • The charges involve crossing a state line.
  • There is an arrangement between state and federal prosecutors.
  • There was an informant used in the arrest.

More About Federal Charges

Federal charges are generally more severe for the same crime with longer mandatory minimum sentencing. Those sentences are served in federal penitentiaries, which have higher security standards. Parole is also more difficult to gain. Whereas the state may have limited budgets and staffing for prosecuting a case, federal prosecutors have extensive resources and can follow a crime out of state if it involved individuals or organizations working at a national level.

It Is Always Smart To Hire A Lawyer

It is important for individuals or a family member to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight drug trafficking charges. Whether it is at the state or federal level, Miya Griggs fights for the rights of her clients in court to get the best possible outcome.

Contact Us Today To Discuss Your Trafficking Case

Call 844-474-4475 or use our Contact page to contact us and schedule an initial consultation.