How much jail time will be spent for an indictment on drug distribution? 28 Answers as of July 08, 2013

How much jail time if any for first offense drug charge? It is a federal indictment on Distribution of Methamphetamine.

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Greco Law Office
Greco Law Office | Dominic Greco
Depending on the prosecutor and judge you can be looking at several years or probation. Also depends on how much they caught you with or how many times they caught you selling. Also it depends on who you were selling to or where.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/19/2011
Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
It depends on how much methamphetamine was in the defendant's possession at the time. Federal indictments are very serious and transporting or distributing an illicit drug is not taken lightly by the federal government. A clean criminal history will help the defendant's defense but he is probably looking at 16 months in prison.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/12/2011
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
i would need much more information such as quantity of drugs, who sold to etc. You definetly need an attorney as drug charges for distribution are serious, especially in the Federal system and the federal sentencing guidelines are complicated.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 10/12/2011
Fabian & Associates, Inc.
Fabian & Associates, Inc. | Stephen G. Fabian, Jr.
It depends if you get convicted.
Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
Replied: 7/8/2013
Gonzalez Law Associates P.C.
Gonzalez Law Associates P.C. | Carlos Gonzalez
Federal court and indictments are VERY different from state court in sentencing and in all respects. It will depend greatly on the amount alleged in your possession. You are facing up to ten years, or more in federal prison.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 10/12/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    That is a very serious matter and you could very well be facing prison time. Speak with an attorney at once about your case.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/8/2013
    Levine & McHenry LLC
    Levine & McHenry LLC | Matthew McHenry
    It is impossible to answer this question without knowing more about the case. In the federal system, prison sentences are determined in large part based on the quantity of drugs discovered, and the type of drugs discovered. There are a myriad of other factors that go into a sentencing decision.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 10/11/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    The amount of jail time would be within the discretion of the judge at time of sentencing. Since the actual charge is not known and there is no conviction, an estimate cannot be made at this time. It would also depend on the persons past record and many other variables under the federal sentencing guidelines.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/11/2011
    Healan Law Offices
    Healan Law Offices | William D. Healan, III
    There is no way to answer that question. It depends on your past record, the circumstances of the case, and other factors.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/8/2013
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    There is no way to answer your question. There are many factors that are in play as to what sentence you may receive, such as the quantity of drugs distributed, the nature of the drugs, your past criminal history, and whether you have or expect to cooperate with the prosecutors and arresting officers for a possible reduction in the sentence anticipated for substantial assistance. Rick williams
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 10/11/2011
    Law Offices of Louis M. Leibowitz, LLC
    Law Offices of Louis M. Leibowitz, LLC | Louis Leibowitz
    If you have been indicted in federal court for distribution, you should contact a lawyer immediately. The amount of jail time will be influenced greatly by the sentencing guidelines. The guidelines take into the amount of drugs involved, among other things.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 10/12/2011
    Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Armand Fried
    Depends on amount and other aggravating/mitigating factors. There are sentencing guidelines in the federal system that your lawyer should be able to get. If you do to have a lawyer the court can usually appoint one from a panel.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 10/11/2011
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    Federal sentencing is very, very complex. I have no idea without a lot more information about the charge and your history. Talk to your lawyer. If you don't have one, the court will probably appoint one and you absolutely must have one.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 10/11/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    It depends on how much meth is involved but you are basically in deep trouble. Federal Defenders are excellent. They are probably better than 95% of private lawyers as they are dealing with the fed system daily and most private lawyers rarely get to federal court.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/10/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You have not given me enough information to give you the sentencing range under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. From what you have told me you will be in the lowest Criminal History Category and have about 26 points for distribution of a small amount and that will get you about 24-36 months in prison. That can change depending on the facts of your case. Ask your federal public defender to get a score and advise you as to what the plea agreement numbers are. You should retain a good criminal attorney if you have $10,000-$30,000 for a federal case.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/10/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    It depends upon the amounts involved, how long the distribution has been gong on, and who the customers were (kids??). Even on a first offense, if convicted or plead out, I see you doing at least one year.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/10/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    That is a question that can't be answered without sitting down with an attorney who does Federal Criminal Defense and running what are called guidelines. These are a set of questions that are answered concerning the crime and your prior record and they tell you what the sentence should be.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/8/2013
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    That would depend on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. You can find them on line. Plan on prison rather than jail. On average, I would guess you are looking at about ten years.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/10/2011
    bark & karpf
    bark & karpf | peter bark
    It is impossible to tell you based on the information you give. You first have to be found guilty and then it depends on whether you pled guilty or went to trial. It also depends on any cooperation with the government and the judge and jurisdiction you are in.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/10/2011
    Law Office of Stephen P. Dempsey
    Law Office of Stephen P. Dempsey | Stephen P. Dempsey
    It depends: plea or verdict, what county and judge. If its county then not fed issue.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 10/28/2011
    D T Pham Associates, PLLC
    D T Pham Associates, PLLC | Duncan T Pham
    Depends on plea bargain or trial.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/8/2013
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Federal sentencing guidelines set a range of sentences for convictions that depends upon the person's prior criminal history combined with the specific severity level of the offense of conviction. Those two parameters are necessary in order to determine the range of sentence that could be imposed. You should consult with an attorney who is familiar with the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 10/10/2011
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
    There is a wide variance depending on amount alleged. They are typically indicted as conspiracies with large periods of time being included to jack up the minimum amounts involved. The defendant needs counsel, quickly.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 10/10/2011
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    It depends on the criminal history of the person, the amount of meth, amount of cooperation with police, if there were guns involved, and other issues specific to the federal guidelines. But, a good attorney can help make the best arguments.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 10/10/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    We strongly recommend you retain an experienced federal criminal attorney ASAP, because such a charge involving drug distribution is generally treated very seriously under the federal sentencing guidelines. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 10/10/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    There are many levels of drug crimes for possession and distribution. The sentence may depend on the severity of the charge and the facts surrounding it.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 10/10/2011
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    Depends on how much meth, but federal charges are very serious and you will serve 85% of the sentence.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 10/10/2011
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