(EN) What is the difference between a federal drug charge and a “telephone count”?
As I have explained in another blog, most federal drug charges carry severe penalties.
As experienced federal criminal defense lawyers, we will always explore the possibility of trying to obtain a “telepohone count” instead when a client wishes to plead guilty to a charge.
The advantage of a “telephone count” is that the judge can only give a sentence of four years as the worst possible sentence. A plea to transportation of even a small amount of methamphetamine, cocaine, or heroin, can carry a minimum term of ten years imprisonment with a maximum of life.
It is not always possible to convince the government to allow an accused to plead to a charge for the unlawful use of a telephone. But as San Diego criminal defense lawyers, we have been successful in many cases.
I have more than thirty years of experience handling complex federal drug cases, including the largest seizure of cocaine on a boat as of the date of the case.
If you are accused of a federal drug crime, discuss with your attorney the possibility of pleading to a telphone count.