What Are The Penalties for Fentanyl Trafficking?
Fentanyl is one of the biggest targets for law enforcement and state governments these days due to the opioid crisis. As such, the penalties for possession can be quite harsh, especially if it looks like you may have enough to distribute. Punishments can include:
- Fines of up to $50,000 and up to 10 years of prison time for possession of five grams or less
- Fines of up to $1,000,000 and jail sentences lasting up to 50 years for possession of higher amounts of fentanyl that could be trafficked
Fines for groups of people allegedly involved in trafficking operations can rise even higher. Both chambers of the state legislature have also passed a new bill containing even harsher penalties for some fentanyl-related crimes at the behest of the state’s governor and attorney general. Just being charged with possession of more than 50 grams of fentanyl can now result in fines of $1,000,000 and jail sentences of up to 50 years. These sentences can get even worse if you have a criminal record.
What Does the Prosecutor Need to Show in a Fentanyl Trafficking Case?
The burden of proof is on the prosecutor. They need to show a jury that you were intentionally possessing an illegal drug. There was no misunderstanding or mistake. You knew that a drug was illegal and planned to use it or, even worse, planned to distribute it to others. If they can convince the jury of this, you are going to face harsh penalties.
A lawyer can help you poke holes in the prosecution’s case and create doubt. If you are facing any fentanyl charges, it is wise to consult our attorneys.
How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Help Me?
Your attorney can help you map out a defense against these charges. Common ways to fight back include:
- Arguing that you had a valid prescription for the drugs
- Saying that you had a good-faith belief that the drugs were legal
- Arguing that you did not know the drugs were in your possession
- Getting the evidence against you thrown out by alleging an illegal stop or search
We will do everything that we can to show that the prosecution’s case against you is weak.
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If you are ready to fight back against these charges, you need a good defense. Contact Herting Law, PLLC, and schedule a consultation where we can help you learn more about your legal options. Fentanyl charges can have tough penalties and they can follow you around for life. Take them seriously and see what one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys can do for you.