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When Does a Drug Crime Become Federal?

By admin on June 24, 2015

First off, any drug arrest can result in a federal drug charge because drug crimes are always state crimes, as well as federal crimes. This applies to manufacturing, selling, and even possession of drugs.

But why is it that some become federal charges while others don’t?

There are a few circumstances which almost always lead to a standard drug crime being elevated to the federal level. They are as follows:

  • A federal officer makes the arrest. This could entail anything from being caught smoking marijuana at a national park to being busted in a sting operation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
  • An informant is involved. If someone informs on you, whether willingly or not, the charge will immediately become federal. State and federal prosecutors often work together to make deals that involve more lenient penalties for the informant and federal charges for the individual informed upon. Read the rest »

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Programs Available To Help Knoxville Addicts Turn Their Lives Around

By admin on June 12, 2015

Drug and alcohol abuse can greatly affect the lives of not only the abusers, but those who are close to them as well. These issues can be financially, legally, and emotionally straining, and often times, it can feel like there is no hope for recovery. The good news is that there are people and programs that are waiting to help anyone in this situation. One Knoxville woman is a living testament to this; she turned a 16-year nightmare into a steady job and a growing relationship with her children all thanks to a program designed to help addicts.

This woman abused drugs and alcohol for 16 years, and struggled greatly along the way. She couldn’t stay sober on her own, no matter how much she tried. These failed attempts landed her behind bars time and time again- even costing her custody of her two children in the process. Things had gotten to such a level that she had accepted that she would die because of her addictions. In 2012, she made a last ditch effort at sobriety, but instead of using her own devices, she reached out to Agape, a program designed for women who had chemical dependencies. The woman took part in a 7-month program that changed her life. In addition to tackling her addictions, she learned valuable life lessons as well. Read the rest »

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