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Federal Drug Charges Archives

SCOTUS: Defendant who didn't benefit shouldn't lose to forfeiture

One of the most devastating aspects of the War on Drugs has been civil forfeiture. Under this procedure, the government can seize the money and property of drug defendants before they've even been convicted of a crime. As long as law enforcement can make any reasonable argument that assets are tied to illegal activity, defendants can't get them back without proving they were not. Typically, they can only do that if they're acquitted or have kept very careful records.

Lawmakers reveal bipartisan effort to reduce harsh drug sentences

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed all federal prosecutors to return to the old ways. Instead of taking steps to limit long prison sentences for nonviolent, low-level drug offenders, he ordered U.S. Attorneys nationwide to seek the sentence set out in the federal sentencing guidelines, no matter how harsh.

Source: Feds are about to begin filing the most serious charges

Traditionally, prosecutors have had the authority to determine which among the various possible criminal charges to file in a given situation. They can also choose not to file any charges at all, even when there is a provable case. This concept is called prosecutorial discretion.

DHS Secretary Kelly opposes AG Sessions on federal drug policy

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly recently signaled a reversal in his opinion on marijuana -- a reversal that puts him at odds with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions has repeatedly remarked that he disagrees with the legalization efforts going on nationwide and even linked use of marijuana to an alleged increase in violence.

Sessions: No end to the Drug War, crackdown on gun use

At a recent event before mostly local, state and federal law enforcement officers, newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a clear message to those who believe the War on Drugs has created America's racist incarceration crisis. He does not plan to scale back that so-called war.

There are valid defenses in marijuana possession cases

Not everyone who is accused of committing a drug offense in Florida is guilty of the charge. Especially today, when authorities give us reason not to trust them and when marijuana laws are changing, men and women find themselves facing reckless drug charges.

The responsibilities of the Drug Enforcement Administration

The Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, can make arrests in drug-related cases, but they do a lot more than just conduct raids and bring people in for questioning. To better understand their exact role and their authoritative power, consider the following duties and responsibilities that they take on. The DEA can work in conjunction with other agencies at the local, state and national levels. They focus on running a drug intelligence program and coordinating their efforts with officers from other agencies at all three levels. This gives the DEA a lot of reach in cases of any size. 

Football coaches arrested for alleged drug crimes in Florida

Football is huge in Florida, especially at the high school level, where the state produces some of the fastest and most talented athletes in the country. However, the team at Titusville High will now be without a pair of coaches, as they've been arrested on federal drug charges.

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