If the police have investigated or indicted you for federal drug crimes, you may face severe penalties if convicted. Prior convictions or related weapons charges will add numerous years to your prison sentence. You need immediate legal counsel from a qualified attorney to avoid the worst.
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The Stone Law Office, located in Kansas City, Kansas, represents federal drug crime defendants in Kansas (Wyandotte, Johnson, Douglas, and Leavenworth counties) and Missouri. Gary D. Stone is a veteran trial lawyer who is equipped to handle all federal court charges, including:
- Drug possession
- Drug possession with intent to sell
- Sale of controlled substances
- Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute
- Drug trafficking
- Possession of pre-cursor chemicals (i.e., meth ingredients)
- Manufacture or cultivation
Federal Drug Crimes and Sentencing Enhancements
Merely possessing a certain quantity of a controlled substance (cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy, etc.) can trigger federal charges. The actual charges will depend on the amount (weight) of the drugs, whether you also possessed other drugs, evidence of a conspiracy, and prior offenses. The mandatory minimum sentence may be 5 years, 10 years, or even life in federal prison. Possessing a gun at the time of your arrest, even if it is not on your person, can increase your sentence and disqualify you from sentence reduction programs. Enhancements for firearms, conspiracy, or prior offenses can double or even triple the sentence. Sentencing guidelines are complex, but not inflexible. An agreement negotiated by an experienced lawyer may shave years off your sentence.
Aggressive Defense in Federal Court
Because of the seriousness of drug charges, you need an experienced attorney who knows the federal court system, where the rules of evidence and procedure are very different from state court. Federal drug crimes have a shorter window for speedy trial (70 days), and your lawyer must be able to act quickly to find flaws in the prosecution’s case. Gary D. Stone limits the number of cases he takes in order to give prompt, full attention to each client. He has 12 years of criminal trial experience, including experience as a former Wyandotte County, Kansas, prosecutor.
After reviewing your situation and the government’s evidence, Mr. Stone will attempt to exclude evidence or get charges dismissed based on any violations of your rights, such as an illegal search and seizure. Mr. Stone will advise you about the merits of:
- Challenging the charge at trial — Mr. Stone has successfully defended state and federal drug crime defendants before a judge or jury, but conviction may carry full penalties.
- Plea Negotiation — Prosecutors may agree to have you plead guilty to lesser charges or penalties, based on weaknesses in the case (unreliable witnesses, police errors), or if you can demonstrate that you were a minor or minimal participant.
- Cooperation — It may be possible for Mr. Stone to negotiate with the U.S. Attorney for a downward sentence or departure if you agree to assist the government. The Stone Law Office always prepares a case for trial and only recommends such a course of action if it is the defendant’s wish and if it substantially helps the defendant in his or her case.
Experienced Drug Crimes Lawyer
Whether the police arrested you for drug possession or sale, or you are involved in an investigation of major drug dealers, your rights and your freedom are in jeopardy. Contact the Stone Law Office immediately to discuss your options. Call the Kansas City, Kansas, office at 913-281-6601 or call Mr. Stone directly (after hours/weekends) at 816-516-8000.
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