Waco Federal Drug Trafficking Attorney


Waco Federal Drug Trafficking Attorney
Drug trafficking involves the selling or distributing of illegal drugs. In addition to state penalties, Defendants can face federal penalties as well. It is against separate federal laws to cross state or national borders with drugs with the intent to sell them. Additionally, intrastate trafficking, or moving drugs within a state, can also be a federal offense. Federal offenses and punishments can be found in the federal Controlled Substances Act 21 U.S.C. § 807 et seq.

Federal Drug Law
The Controlled Substances Act classifies drugs into different schedules, ranging from Schedule I (most serious) to Schedule V (least serious).
Schedule I – Drugs or other substances that are extremely likely to be abused and have no other known or accepted medical uses
Examples: Opiates, Opium Derivatives, Fentanyl Analogue, Marijuana, Heroin and LSD
Schedule II – Drugs or other substances that are highly likely to be abused, and have known or accepted medical uses with strict restrictions because abuse may lead to severe dependence
Examples: Opiates, Opium Derivatives, Fentanyl Analogue, Marijuana, Heroin and LSD
Schedule III – Drugs or other substances with a slight potential for abuse and have known or accepted medical uses with a lower likelihood of dependence
Examples: Amphetemines, Methamphetamines, Barbituric acid, and/or Anabolic steroids
Schedule IV – Drugs or other substances with a lower potential for abuse and have a known or accepted medical use with limited dependence
Examples: Barbital, Chloral hydrate, Flunitrazepam and/or Phenobarbital
Schedule V – Drugs or other substances with the least amount of abuse and have a known or accepted medical use with very slight, if any, dependence
Examples: Not more than 200 milligrams of codeine per 100 milliliters; or
per 100 grams, not more than 100 milligrams of dihydrocodeine ;
per 100 milliliters or per 100 grams, not more than 100 milligrams of ethylmorphine;
per 100 milliliters or per 100 grams, not more than 2.5 milligrams of diphenoxylate and not less than 25 micrograms of atropine sulfate per dosage unit; and/or
not more than 100 milligrams of opium per 100 milliliters or per 100 grams

Waco Federal Drug Crime Attorney
Being under investigation for or charged with a federal crime is one of the most stressful experiences an individual can endure. Federal charges carry more severe penalties, which often include mandatory prison sentences. Moreover, federal agencies have seemingly endless powers and resources, as well as experienced lawyers. An experienced criminal defense attorney is necessary to fight these charges and help a person avoid the harsh penalties associated with federal drug crimes. A Waco federal drug crime defense attorney can help the local defendant with critical information about the local judge, jury and prosecutors. Thomas West has the local understanding required. Waco defense lawyer Thomas C. West is a former prosecutor. He is board certified in Criminal Law, which is a distinction held by very few criminal defense attorneys. If you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney in Waco, call Thomas West at 254-753-6437.