St. Louis officials are unforgiving with synthetic drug offenses

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

All types of accusations and charges involving drugs can have a severe and long-lasting impact. The substances most commonly heard of are marijuana, heroin and cocaine. But lately, synthetic drugs have been getting a lot of media coverage. Authorities in St. Louis have taken notice and are not taking the matter lightly.

State and federal officials are cracking down on drug offenses involving these synthetic substances. With initiatives such as “Operation Log Jam” those trafficking synthetic drugs have become a target. At a time like this when authorities are so focused on these types of federal crimes, it is more important than ever for those facing federal drug charges to have a strong defense.

The synthetic substances are better known as bath salts and mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamines. A conviction for possession, manufacture or trafficking of these substances can come with serious penalties. These penalties may include monetary fines, a prison sentence, limited career opportunities, limited access to family members and much more.

Although these are new substances and authorities have made those involved with synthetic drugs a target, the rights of those accused of federal crimes involving drugs have not changed. In addition, the federal sentencing guidelines have shifted. There are no longer mandatory sentences but rather advisory guidelines. Although this could allow a judge to impose a stricter penalty, it also allows more room for negotiation of mitigated consequences.

For all of the above reasons, it is very important to have a rigorous defense. With these drugs just making their way into the market, the judicial branch is likely to set some guidelines and potentially make examples of some individuals by attempting to instill extremely severe penalties. There is no better time to have a strong advocate to defend an individual against the charges.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “State and federal law enforcement crack down on synthetic drugs in St. Louis region,” Jennifer Mann, July 27, 2012