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Drug Crimes Across State Lines

Drug Crimes Across State Lines

There are many types of drug crimes, including but not limited to the possession, distribution, and sale of drugs. While the circumstances of the supposed crime will impact potential penalties for the accused, one circumstance is worse than most others: drug crimes across state lines.

What Is a Drug Crime Across State Lines?

A drug crime that crosses state lines is when the crime that’s committed involves more than one state. For example, let’s assume someone traffics drugs. If the person goes to a distributor in one state, and brings the drugs into another state, then he or she has committed a drug trafficking crime that has crossed state lines.

Why Are Drug Crimes Across State Lines a Big Deal?

When someone brings drugs from one state into another state, he or she has now committed a crime in both states. Unfortunately, that means both states have the right to prosecute the person for the same crime. However, typically speaking, both states will give up their right to prosecute to allow the federal government to prosecute the crime on their behalves.

Reasons why someone accused of a drug crime doesn’t want the federal government to prosecute the charge:

  • The federal government typically has more resources to prosecute the accused;
  • Federal convictions are typically worse than state convictions;
  • Federal charges are more serious than state charges.

Accused of a Drug Crime that Crossed State Lines?

If you or a loved one is charged with a drug crime that crossed state lines, you’ll want tested federal representation for your case. Rokusek Stein Law has decades of experience helping those accused of federal drug crimes, and therefore, you can trust our firm to defend your rights.

Call (913) 583-0465 now to set up a free consultation for your federal drug crime case.

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