The Additional Consequences Of Crossing State Lines
Although many people don’t consider the consequences at the time, carrying controlled substances across state lines can change the nature of the crime and increase the consequences dramatically. The federal government is far more likely to prosecute drug distribution charges if the substance has crossed state lines, for example, and felony drug trafficking often involves interstate distribution.
Our firm represents clients in the West Des Moines area and throughout Iowa facing drug charges involving interstate travel. Their commitment to handling only criminal defense matters helps them stay prepared to defend their clients against a wide range of interstate drug charges.
We Defend In Both State And Federal Court
Although it is rare that a drug charge will be prosecuted in both state and federal courts, it is possible. An alleged crime that crosses state lines in some way gives federal authorities possible jurisdiction over the case. The federal government can prosecute most drug cases in federal court, and it will prosecute many drug charges that involve the movement of a controlled substance over state lines or unusually large quantities of a controlled substance. Alternatively, smaller cases that do not involve interstate transport or communications are likely to be charged under Iowa law.
Our attorneys take cases frequently involving marijuana charges; they have experience defending clients in all types of controlled substance cases involving interstate charges, such as:
- Misdemeanor drug charges
- Felony drug charges
- State drug charges
- Federal charges and offenses
- Possession with intent to deliver
- Drug trafficking
We handle all types of drug cases, from low-level possession to trafficking and conspiracy. Even if you do not live in Iowa and were arrested while passing through, it is important to hire an attorney who is familiar with the local courts.
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Call our office at 515-222-4330 for a free initial consultation. From our office in West Des Moines, we serve clients throughout central Iowa. At Spellman Law, P.C., we offer flexible appointments and office hours.