Various federal drug crimes carry mandatory minimum sentences. A New Jersey federal defense attorney can advise you if you are facing charges. Mandatory minimums are found under 21 U.S.C. §§841, 848. Your New Jersey federal defense attorney will explain what charges trigger these mandatory sentences.
Your New Jersey federal defense attorney can advise you exactly what the prosecutor has to prove for a drug trafficking charge. If convicted, your New Jersey federal defense lawyer will explain the mandatory minimum sentence guidelines in more detail. Generally, trafficking charges carry the following sentences:
5 Year Mandatory Minimum Jail Sentence (Examples)
- 100 grams of heroine
- 500 grams of cocaine
- 100 plants or kilograms of marijuana
- 28 grams of crack cocaine
- 10 grams of PCP
- 5 grams of pure crystal meth
- 1 gram of LSD
As your New Jersey federal defense attorney will counsel you, defendants with prior convictions face double mandatory minimums: 10 years for the above drug types and quantities. If a death occurred, the sentence jumps to 20 years. If there is both a death AND a prior conviction, a life sentence is mandatory.
10 Year Mandatory Minimum Jail Sentence (Examples)
- 1 Kilogram of heroine
- 5 kilograms of cocaine
- 1000 kilograms or plants of pot
- 280 grams of crack cocaine
- 100 grams of PCP
- 50 grams of pure crystal meth
- 10 grams of LSD
These jail terms increase to 20 years mandatory minimum for prior offenses or a death. As your New Jersey federal defense lawyer can counsel, life sentences are imposed for 2 priors or 1 prior plus a death.
Drug Kingpin Statute
As a New Jersey federal defense attorney can explain, mandatory minimum jail terms can result from organizing 5 or more people through a series of continuing crimes. These convictions carry jail time as follows:
- 20 years for first conviction
- 30 years for subsequent convictions
- Life imprisonment for true kingpins
- 20 years to life, or death penalty if a death resulted
Contact a New Jersey Federal Defense Attorney
For more information about mandatory minimum sentencing for federal drug crimes, contact experienced New Jersey federal defense attorney Tim Anderson today at 732-212-2812.