Narcotic or drug transportation is when a person transports illegal drugs from one place to another with full knowledge of the presence of the object, the ability to exercise control over it, and the knowledge that it is an illegal substance. Transportation of drugs applies to any transportation of any amount of drugs regardless of the distance and quantity. Cases of transportation across state or national borders will generally be charged under federal law, and will also likely include the charge of drug distribution.
Drug distribution is when a person transports illegal drugs for the purposes of transferring those drugs to another person including the sale or barter of drugs. Depending on the drug, the amount, the distribution and whether minors were involved, the penalties vary widely under federal and state drug distribution laws.
Drug legislation is constantly changing and varies widely from state to state, so make sure your attorney is familiar with the law in the state where you are charged. The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense Section, P.C. has experience representing drug transportation and distribution defendants nationwide, in many state and federal courts. If you have been charged with any drug-related offenses or have reason to suspect that charges may be imminent, contact The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense Section, P.C. for a free criminal case consultation.
Consequences for the conviction of criminal drug transportation or drug distribution may potentially include:
- Probation or parole
- Loss of the right to vote or possess a deadly weapon
- Registration as a narcotics offender for life
- Mandatory periodic drug testing
- Court-ordered counseling or rehabilitation
- Revocation of driver’s license
- Search and seizure of motor vehicle
- Search and seizure of property
- Significant fines
Defenses of Drug Offenses may potentially include:
- Showing insufficient evidence
- Proving factual innocence
- Proving valid prescription or other legal rationale for possession
- Proving illegal or improper police procedure
- Proving lack of knowledge that drugs were present
Our Criminal Case page provides more information on the following:
- Why you may receive a stiffer sentence
- What you can do to improve the outcome of your case
- What The Cochran Firm can do to help you