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Minneapolis Drug Smuggling Lawyer
Fighting Drug Charges in Minnesota
Unlike drug trafficking, which refers to the illegal movement of goods with the purpose of trade, drug smuggling deals solely with the illegal movement aspect. If you’re charged with smuggling illegal narcotics in the state, it can result in very serious consequences. At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., our Minnesota drug smuggling defense attorneys have experience in state and federal courts across Minnesota since 1983. We have represented thousands of clients and handled hundreds of jury trials and we can make a difference in your case.
Call us at (612) 444-5020 to get started with your free consultation. Our team is available 24/7.
What is Drug Smuggling?
Drug smuggling involves the illegal import or export of drugs—distinct from trafficking, possession or manufacturing. How you are charged depends on the quantity and type of drugs involved, previous criminal convictions, whether or not minors were involved and where the smuggling activities took place. What is almost certain is that you will be charged with another drug crime in addition to a smuggling charge.
High Intensity Drug Traffic Area (HIDTA)
In 2016, Minnesota joined the High Intensity Drug Traffic Area (HIDTA) program, established for the purpose of providing assistance to local law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions. According to reports, Interstate 95 has been linked to trafficking groups from Chicago to Milwaukee, ending in Minneapolis. In 2015, there were 3,902 narcotics incidents in Minnesota—nearly half in Hennepin County. As a result, tons of money and resources have been directed towards the state and specific counties, with more aggressive law enforcement going after this type of illegal drug activity.
If you are convicted of drug smuggling, you could serve anywhere from 2 to 10 years in a federal prison. In addition, a felony conviction is likely to follow you for the rest of your life, hindering your ability to work, vote, travel internationally, own a gun, buy a house and do other activities.
Call Us Today
If you have been arrested for drug smuggling, contact our Minneapolis drug smuggling lawyers at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. immediately. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation where you give us the facts and we help form a strong defense to get the best possible outcome for you.
If you’re ready to start, call us today at (612) 444-5020.
1. Don’t Talk to the Police!
It’s crucial to know that while you should remain respectful with authorities, you have the right to remain silent. This a right protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which makes it clear individuals are protected from being compelled to be a witness against him / herself in criminal matters.
It’s important to note that:
- Talking will not help you avoid an arrest. If law enforcement has probable cause to arrest you, then they will arrest you.
- By speaking, you risk making a confession or providing information that can be used to indict you, even unknowingly.
- Even if you feel that information being discussed is “harmless,” it is still in your best interest to invoke your Fifth Amendment right.
2. Ask for a Lawyer!As soon as you can you should elect your right to have a defense attorney present. A Minnesota criminal defense lawyer or public defender can ensure the police do not violate your rights and help you avoid saying anything incriminating during questioning. Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that we can be by your side whenever you need us. Call now!
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