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Skilled Defense Against Drug Crime Charges In Honolulu And Beyond

Some of the more frequent and widespread criminal matters individuals are confronted with are related to drug crimes. Due to the heavy regulation and oversight involved with illegal drugs, the manufacturing, distribution, transportation, sale, possession and use of many controlled substances is against the law.

Being convicted of a drug offense, whether a misdemeanor or a felony, can result in serious penalties for anyone charged. Substantial fines and lengthy prison sentences are only the beginning. Even after serving a sentence or paying a fine, the effects of having a drug conviction on your criminal record can follow you for the rest of your life.

If you are facing drug crime charges in the Hawai‘ian Islands, including Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai, you should immediately contact Harrison Law Center, A Law Corporation, in Honolulu and schedule a free consultation to discuss your criminal charges and start the process of building a legal defense strategy.

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Types Of Drug Crimes

As government crackdowns and mandatory minimum sentences continue to be commonplace, a good attorney may be the only thing between those charged with drug crimes and a jail cell. I am firm founder Bill Harrison, a defense attorney with over 40 years of legal experience. I am ready to represent you against any type of drug charges, including charges alleging:

  • Conspiracy
  • Drug distribution
  • Drug possession
  • Drug sales
  • Drug trafficking
  • Possession with the intent to sell
  • Producing or manufacturing
  • Racketeering

If you know you are under investigation by the FBI, DEA or other related government agencies, I will work quickly to help you protect yourself. As your advocate, I strive to assist you as you take pre-emptive action to protect your rights and future interests. The sooner you call me, the more options I may be able to utilize on your behalf.

Potential Consequences If Convicted

The penalties resulting from a drug crime conviction vary greatly, depending on the nature of the charges, the specific substance related to the crime and other factors. Though misdemeanors and felonies can differ in the severity of punishment, even relatively “minor” drug crimes can carry serious consequences as you move through life. Being convicted of a drug crime can leave you vulnerable to the following penalties:

  • Heavy fines
  • Prison sentences (ranging from months to years or even decades)
  • Loss of your rights to own firearms or vote in elections (if convicted of a felony)

These are only potential legal ramifications. In addition to these possible punishments, having a misdemeanor or felony drug conviction on your record can have a negative impact on your ability to find employment, qualify for loans and credit, or be eligible for certain housing situations.

How A Skilled Attorney May Be Able To Help

If you have been arrested or indicted for drug crimes, you should waste no time in retaining the services of a lawyer with experience in providing criminal defense for individuals facing drug charges. Though your charges are serious, having the representation of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on your side can give you a greater opportunity to seek a more favorable outcome.

From the outset, a skilled attorney can assess your situation, learn the details of your case and the crimes you are charged with, explain your legal options, and help you build the best strategy moving forward. If your case goes to trial, a lawyer with extensive litigation experience will be a valuable asset in your corner. I am ready to provide you with reliable counsel and dedicated representation.

When Are Drug Offenses Federal Crimes?

Drug cases are often charged federally when the offense involves crossing state lines or national borders. For example, if someone is accused of moving illegal drugs from California to Hawai‘i, that’s likely to be a federal matter because it involves more than one state.

Another point that can make a drug offense federal is the location where the crime took place. If the alleged offense occurred on federal property or involved a federal officer, it would typically be handled by the federal court system.

The amount of drugs involved can also elevate a case to the federal level. Federal law often targets larger-scale operations, so if the quantity of drugs is significant, federal charges might be more likely. Additionally, if the authorities believe the activity is part of a larger network or organization, especially those with connections beyond Hawai‘i, the federal government might step in.

It’s important to note that both federal and state drug charges can have serious consequences, even for common drug crimes that may seem like no big deal. Federal drug laws generally come with harsher penalties, including longer prison sentences and higher fines. That’s why it is crucial to consult a knowledgeable defense attorney who can provide vigorous defense in state or federal court.

Discuss Your Drug Charges With An Attorney For Free

Harrison Law Center serves clients throughout Oahu, Maui, the Big Island of Hawai‘i, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai. I am ready to represent you against drug crime charges in state, federal, military and appellate courts. To schedule a free initial consultation, call my office in Honolulu today at 808-501-0408. You can also send me a message online.