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Federal Drug Crimes

Skilled Knoxville Criminal Defense Attorney

In the United States, the majority of drug crimes are handled at the state or local level. However, any drug-related arrest could conceivably turn into a federal crime. Federal drug crimes are investigated by the DEA or FBI, are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney General’s office, and typically carry much harsher penalties than if the crime is tried at the state level.

Due to the especially severe consequences of a federal drug crime conviction, it’s imperative to choose an attorney who has the knowledge and skill to defend your rights. At the Law Office of Joseph A. Fanduzz, our Knoxville drug crimes attorney has extensive experience handling drug cases at both the state and federal level.


Federal drug charges can cost you your future. Call (865) 896-9971 for the tough defense you need.


What Makes a Drug Crime Federal?

Despite the fact that most drug crimes are prosecuted by the state, any drug charge can be prosecuted federally instead. The most common ways a drug arrest can turn into a federal criminal charge include:

  • The arrest was made by a federal officer
  • You were identified by a DEA/FBI informant
  • Local prosecutors or law enforcement work with their federal counterparts

Arrest by a federal officer can happen in a number of instances. While most people might think of undercover FBI agents, federal officers include park rangers, border patrol agents, and air marshals.


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Why Are These Crimes So Serious?

When compared to other states, the penalties for a drug crime conviction in Tennessee are already relatively harsh, especially for marijuana. However, the penalties are far more severe at the federal level, and minimum prison sentences are especially long. For example, a state conviction for simple possession of cocaine will yield between 2 – 15 years in state prison. A federal conviction for the same crime, however, will carry a minimum of 10 years in federal prison.

Furthermore, your chances of getting probation or early release in a federal case are slim at best. Unlike overcrowded state prisons which often commute sentences, federal agents will keep you locked up until the very end of your sentence.

Don't Plead Guilty - Take Action to Protect Your Rights.

At the Law Office of Joseph A. Fanduzz, our Knoxville criminal defense lawyer knows that quality representation can be the difference between walking free, or spending decades behind bars. As a highly experienced trial attorney, Attorney Fanduzz can build a strong defense against any charges you’re facing, regardless of how complex they may seem. If you’ve been charged with a federal drug crime, call our firm today.


The penalties of a federal drug conviction are extremely harsh. Contact our firm today to retain the tough, aggressive representation you need.