Federal Drug Trafficking Defense Page
An allegation of federal drug trafficking can have a devastating effect on your reputation, livelihood, and overall well-being. This is a serious offense with devastating consequences. According to Louisiana state law, sentences increase if the defendant has a prior felony. Many trafficking offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences, and any drug proceeds are forfeited. In addition, gun possession charges in combination with a federal drug trafficking offense can add five years to the sentence. Federal drug trafficking of cocaine alone, according to Louisiana state law, can have the following consequences:
• 40–99 years hard labor without parole

• Probation and a fine of up to $500,000
Furthermore, according to one leading drug trafficking website, DEA agents are in full force trying to stop this epidemic, and a large portion of the prison population is made up of drug traffickers.
• The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) makes over 30,000 arrests each year related to the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics.
• Over 32 percent of all inmates in state prisons in the United States were either under the influence of drugs or in possession of drugs when arrested (that number is above 25 percent for inmates of federal prisons).
Federal drug trafficking cases not only come with life-changing penalties, but the government also takes them seriously. The United States government and the jail system are putting a lot of time, money, and energy into stopping drug trafficking. The legal system is trying to support that cause and punish offenders to the fullest extent the law allows. This is why you will need a top-notch drug trafficking defense team on your side, and that is what Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger has to offer.
If you are arrested for drug trafficking charges in Baton Rouge, then you need a team of attorneys with experience in this area to help with your federal drug trafficking case. At Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, we have 20 years of experience as a law firm with these kinds of cases. In addition, our attorneys have spent time in high positions working as prosecutors on drug cases. Moreover, we will communicate with the authorities and all other entities involved. We bring all of this experience together and create a specialized team to treat your case with the utmost attention.
At Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, we will go over your case with a fine-tooth comb. We will sort through police reports, witness statements, evidence, and any other admissible court documents. In addition, we will prepare you for what to expect in the courtroom, including from the judge, prosecuting attorneys, and the jury. We will make sure you understand the whole process and are well prepared to navigate through it. Moreover, while you wait for your court date, we will help you with any necessary support services. This may include linking you to drug rehabilitation services, support groups, or counseling services and helping you get your personal affairs in order. We will combine our talents to give you a team of lawyers working just for you. We will communicate with you every step of the way, and we will make sure that your case gets the legal outcome it deserves based on its merits.