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Fearing the Feds: Charged with Drug Crimes in Federal Court

Oftentimes, without even knowing it, habitual drug users and dealers can be subject to federal criminal charges for their drug possession and drug trafficking.

The Stone Law Firm, LTD is seeing an increase in Title III federal wiretapping of low-level drug users and dealers who have little or no connection to larger cartels or dealers throughout the country. United States Marshals, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, ATF, DEA, and even federally deputized state law enforcement agencies are monitoring phones, text messages and the internet for evidence of drug crimes, drug trafficking and transaction, and drug use.

In short, if you are using or dealing in drugs – whether marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin – and you are using a cellular device, laptop, tablet or other such means of communication, you may be subject to federal criminal investigation and charges.

Wiretapping and Your Right to Privacy

The difficulty with wiretapping cases for a suspect is that you do not have the right to know that your privacy has been invaded until you are either arrested or questioned in connection with a crime. As a result, law enforcement already has a big advantage in its prosecution because – under the law – if they have probable cause to listen or even monitor your text messaging, you do not get the benefit of notice.

If you are using or dealing in any illegal substance, including prescription medication, it is imperative, first, that you stop the criminal activity and, second, that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney on retainer in case you are one of the unlucky many who are being monitored by law enforcement.

Convictions for drug use, drug trafficking, and even permitting drug abuse in your home have resulted in catastrophic consequences for individuals and families across Ohio. Such convictions often lead to prolonged incarceration in county jail or state/ federal prison, loss of employment, and loss of the right to carry a firearm – just to name a few. In fact, under federal law, drug crimes can result in as much as life in prison depending on the circumstances. Many of these consequences could have been mitigated, if not totally prevented, if the suspects had only hired counsel in advance and asserted their rights accordingly.

Hiring an Attorney: Your Best Option for Defense

It is imperative that those individuals who may be under investigation or under arrest for any drug crime assert their right to remain silent and their right to an attorney. It does not matter whether he or she actually committed a crime; remaining silent – even in the face of federal law enforcement investigations – until he or she has spoken with a criminal defense attorney is often the difference in finding the truth and/or successfully asserting a defense to drug charges in federal court or state court.

At The Stone Law Firm, LTD We are prepared to handle your drug case – whether you are accused of drug possession, use or drug trafficking – or if you have been the subject of a Title III federal wiretap; a search warrant for drugs in your home or car; or even the confiscation of your computers, laptops, notebooks, tablets and phones. Time is of the essence for your defense, and having a team of highly-trained, skilled lawyers at your side throughout the process can mean the difference between going home to your family and going to federal prison for life

Our firm offers the individualized attention and care of a small firm with the resources of a big city boutique law firm that meets the needs of clients from every walk of life. We have successfully represented clients, litigated and argued issues of wiretapping, video and audio surveillance, and internet surveillance in state and federal criminal court and managed positive outcomes for individuals faced with these allegations. Our criminal defense team – including Attorney Adam Stone, in-house investigator Michael McBeth, and their team of paralegals and legal assistants – undergo constant training to ensure that whether you are charged in state or federal court with a crime of this nature, you are protected at all times and have the benefit of experienced litigation teams that understand not only the law, but also the scientific and technological research and developments that have led to changes in the law.

The Stone Law Firm, LTD is located in Bucyrus, Ohio and represents individuals in state court throughout Crawford, Seneca, Richland, Hancock, Allen, Wood, Huron, Lorain, Delaware, Franklin, Sandusky, Marion, Ashland and Wyandot County - and all over Northcentral Ohio. We also represent clients charged with drug crimes in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; and we have even represented clients in federal courts as far away as Louisiana.

If you are under state or federal investigation for drug possession or drug trafficking – or any other crime for that matter – we invite you to contact us today for a confidential consultation.

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