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Fentanyl Trafficking Attorneys in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Fentanyl TraffickingJohn Caudill Attorney at Law represents individuals who have been arrested and charged with the possession, distribution, or trafficking of fentanyl in Kentucky. Our Bowling Green and Owensboro drug crimes defense lawyer knows that no single drug is penalized more seriously by law enforcement, prosecutors, or the courts than fentanyl.

The current Kentucky Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, has created the “Operation Fight Fentanyl” campaign that targets more than just traffickers, but those who possess fentanyl for personal use.

The focus of the campaign is the 2,250 Kentuckians who lost their lives to overdose deaths, highlighting fentanyl being the drug of choice in more than 70% of those cases. This means law enforcement will prosecute simple possession charges with determination — seeking higher penalties than those that apply to the same types of controlled substances.

Further, in some states, the newest focus is to charge fentanyl distributors with murder when a drug user overdoses on the product they supplied. Certainly, with the AG’s latest operation, Kentucky may be the next state to adopt this prosecutorial approach.

Whether this is your first or subsequent arrest for possessing fentanyl, or if are being investigated or accused of a federal fentanyl-related crime, our skilled drug crimes defense attorney knows the consequences of a conviction are far-reaching.

You have rights and are entitled to an aggressive drug crime defense strategy that is customized to meet your needs. Let’s get started.

What is Considered Fentanyl Trafficking in Bowling Green, Kentucky?

Drug trafficking can include charges for distribution, possession, and manufacturing. In Kentucky, a person is guilty of trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree when they knowingly and unlawfully trafficked in ANY quantity of fentanyl, carfentanil, or fentanyl derivatives.

Last year, Kentucky House Bill 215 (HB 215) significantly increased the minimum sentence to be served for anyone convicted of fentanyl trafficking anywhere in the state.

Because the definition of importing and trafficking allows for the transfer of any quantity of carfentanil, fentanyl, or fentanyl derivatives to another person, users who are arrested for possession can be charged with trafficking for sharing what they have with others even if they never sell anything to anyone.

Under HB 215, individuals would be subject to even harsher penalties than for possession, distribution, or trafficking of other controlled substances, and are required to serve mandatory minimum sentences based on the amount of fentanyl they have been charged with.

This new legislation means fentanyl arrests of any kind are incredibly serious in Kentucky and will almost always end in felony charges. If you have been charged with a fentanyl crime at any level, contact our skilled criminal defense lawyer in Bowling Green and Owensboro today for help.

Is Fentanyl Trafficking a Federal Crime in Bowling Green, Kentucky?

Federal drug crime charges in Kentucky are pursued based on the type of the drugs, the amount of drugs, the area in which the drugs were intended to be distributed, and to who the drugs were being sold, among other possible aggravating factors.

In addition, when drugs of any kind — including fentanyl — cross state lines, drug trafficking will be charged as a federal crime, significantly increasing the penalties that will be pursued by a U.S. attorney.

In Kentucky, there is no doubt the state will seek the most significant penalties available for these crimes, which may include increasing the arrest to include federal charges.

When it comes to fentanyl charges, Kentucky Attorney General Cameron, in conjunction with 17 other attorneys general, has asked the President of the United States to classify fentanyl as a Weapon of Mass Destruction. This action would require the Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration to coordinate a response with other agencies, including the Department of Defense — as opposed to the federal government only treating the substance as a narcotics control problem.

Suffice it to say, that the legislature and AG’s combined aggressive approach to countering fentanyl use in Kentucky will continue to lead to increased drug charges, mandatory minimum sentences, and long-term penalties for all fentanyl-related charges throughout the state. We can help.

Our Warren County fentanyl trafficking lawyer, John Caudill, is the only former Federal Prosecutor in Western and South-Central Kentucky.

Over the past 30 years, John has prosecuted and defended hundreds of people during both complex state and federal criminal drug crime cases that required a precise legal strategy — from preparation to trial — to pursue and secure real results for our clients.

Why Partner with the John Caudill Fentanyl Defense Attorney in Bowling Green, Kentucky?

Our trusted Bowling Green fentanyl trafficking attorney, John Caudill, has spent over three decades protecting the rights of individuals throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Our law firm represents individuals who have been accused of complex drug crimes where an exceptional legal defense strategy can mean the difference between incarceration and freedom.

Whether your arrest was the result of overly aggressive law enforcement officers if your charges have been unnecessarily increased in number or severity by the prosecutor’s office, if you are seeking the best outcome for a fentanyl crime that you would have never committed if given a second chance, or a crime that is backed by significant prosecutorial evidence, your case is important — to you, and us.

Let us help you pursue the best outcome, just as we have for hundreds of clients before you.

Contact Our Dedicated Fentanyl Trafficking Lawyer in Bowling Green, Kentucky Today

John Caudill Attorney at Law offers aggressive defense strategies and trusted legal representation to individuals throughout the Bowling Green area and surrounding communities, including Owensboro, Franklin, Scottsville, Hartford, and Morgantown.

Our law firm has a stellar reputation for pressing the prosecution to prove our clients are guilty by forcing them to prepare for a trial. This means we are not swayed by potential plea bargains, or negotiations we know are not in our clients’ best interests.

If you have been arrested and charged with a fentanyl crime in Kentucky, contact our trusted drug trafficking defense attorney in Warren County today by calling (270) 925-0447 or contacting us online.

We are here to fight for your rights and your freedom. Let’s get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Our Fentanyl Drug Crime Defense Attorneys in Kentucky

More and more, fentanyl is being mixed in with other illicit drugs to increase their potency and is increasingly pressed into pills made to look like legitimate prescription opioids. Because there is no official oversight or quality control, these counterfeit pills often contain fentanyl — in potentially lethal doses. If you have been charged with a drug crime of any type where fentanyl is found as part of their make-up — whether you knew it or not — the Kentucky prosecutor will typically pursue increased fentanyl charges against you.

For prosecutors to charge an individual with fentanyl distribution, they must prove that the substance in question is Fentanyl, and that you knowingly and intentionally either distributed the substance to another person or possessed the substance and intended to distribute it. As previously mentioned, some defendants are being charged with fentanyl distribution when sharing their personal use drugs with others — even if they did not sell them.

While it depends on the drug charge you are convicted of in Kentucky, new legislation allows prosecutors to set mandatory minimum sentences for fentanyl convictions. This is why it is crucial to partner with an experienced fentanyl defense lawyer before agreeing to a plea bargain with the prosecution.

Yes. When someone agrees to a plea deal with a Kentucky prosecutor, they give up their right to a trial and will admit guilt for one or more criminal charges, which results in the equivalent of a conviction on their criminal record.

Fentanyl and other drug trafficking cases often involve out-of-state defendants who are charged under Kentucky’s laws. Kentucky takes out-of-state defendants with hostility and biases that Commonwealth defendants may not face. This may include higher bail bonds, when applicable, and increased charges they may not have faced in their home states. Our experienced fentanyl defense lawyer represents all our clients with an aggressive approach to pursuing justice, no matter where they live or how they got here.

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