Federal drug charges are vastly different from Maryland State drug charges. The penalties are extreme, and oftentimes mandatory minimum sentences apply. Just because an attorney is experienced in the state court system does not mean he or she is your best choice for Federal Court.If you are facing federal drug charges, you need a federal drug defense lawyer who is experienced in U.S. District Court.
A federal drug defense lawyer must have a strong knowledge of the statutes, the discovery process, wiretap law, conspiracy law, and the United States Sentencing Guidelines. He must know when to go to trial and when to seek a plea bargain. He must also know the local rules – both formal and informal.
C. Justin Brown, a former federal law clerk, has defended numerous drug cases, and has successfully had drug evidence suppressed. In one recent victory, he litigated a Baltimore City Police Department search of a client’s residence and convinced a federal judge the entry was illegal. The fruits of the search, including guns and drugs, were suppressed. In another case tried in federal court, defense attorney C. Justin Brown successfully suppressed a wiretap, thereby excluding from evidence all of the phone calls that had been recorded by the wiretap.
Christopher C. Nieto, as both a private attorney and as a former Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland, has defended a myriad of clients in various drug cases and has successfully achieved dismissals prior to trial. In one victory, he litigated a motion to suppress in which Baltimore City Police conducted a faulty traffic stop that resulted in the recovery of over 700 pieces of heroin. Through extensive investigation and tireless work ethic, he was able to convince a federal judge that the traffic stop was illegal and the drugs must be suppressed. This client, a man who was facing mandatory life sentence for this federal offense and forty years for a violation of probation in Baltimore City, was reunited with his wife within a week of the hearing.
If you want a strong advocate who will fight your federal drug charges, call Brown & Nieto today for a consultation.