Millions of people are arrested every year for drug-related offenses, some of which are charged on a state level and others that become a federal offense. But how does a drug crime become a federal offense? How serious do things have to get before they reach that level?

Federal vs. State Charges

Many laws that govern controlled substances happen at either a state or federal level each year. State laws happen in a limited geographical area to the state itself. However, federal offenses are known as this because they take place across state lines or happen on federal lands. In some cases, you might even find that your drug crime is charged on both a federal and state level. You should know that the penalties happen to be more serious for federal offenses, which is why you want to be prepared.

In many cases, a drug crime can turn into a federal offense when the jurisdiction of the offense qualifies you for such. For instance, what if you were arrested by a federal officer or federal employees were working together in a sting operation because the crime was so serious? The seriousness of the offense usually has a lot to do with it. Simple possession, for instance, is usually not known as a serious crime. However, offenses such as drug trafficking, manufacturing, and more become the most serious drug crimes and would probably qualify as a federal offense.

If you have been accused of a drug crime at a federal level, you should know that the penalties of such could affect you for years to come and even the rest of your life. You might be less likely to find the job of your dreams and you might spend most of your life paying off the fines that come with the crime. This is why it is a good idea to have an attorney on your side when you are dealing with a drug crime. Call us for more information at the Law Office of Peter Blair.