Drug Distribution/Trafficking

Drug Distribution/Trafficking involves the delivery of illegal drugs or a controlled substance without having the legal license or ability to do so, as in the case of a doctor. Controlled substances and illegal drugs include but are not limited to Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, LSD and Heroin.

Drug Distribution is also called Trafficking. In some states, drug trafficking is considered a more serious offense when higher quantities of drugs or more severely restricted drugs are involved.

Federal and state drug trafficking and distribution laws vary based on the jurisdiction and circumstances. Penalties typically vary according to drug, amount, and geographic area of distribution, as well as whether minors were targeted or where the drugs were sold.


You need the best lawyers in defense of drug distribution and trafficking as a case in a state jurisdiction can spur a federal investigation and a completely seperate case, and numerous prison sentencing terms. Federal defense of drug trafficking is a very serious matter, and you need top attorneys to prevent two co-occurring cases.


Since the advent of the “war on drugs” in the 1980’s, the government at all levels has aggressively pursued drug distribution and trafficking convictions. Big drug distribution busts gain big publicity for prosecutors and politicians.

Citizens who may be in involved in the trafficking of drugs are favorite targets of prosecutors because drug distribution convictions are easier to get than other types of crimes when not represented by the best lawyers.

State Drug Distribution Penalties

States vary in the penalties and sentencing for drug distribution and trafficking. Know that federal penalties for drug traffcking are much more severe. Click the following link for federal defense and penalties of drug trafficking/distribution.

  • Prison sentences are sometimes 10 years and can even be a lifetime in some states.
  • Fines can be anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000 or more.
  • Probation is common after imprisonment. Our lawyers have successfully won cases wherein probation was the sentence with no prison time!
  • Mandatory minimum sentences of imprisonment exist in all states, which is why you need top lawyers.

Drug distribution has among the most aggressive sentencing guidelines in the justice system. Drug distribution or trafficking can lead to a “strike” on your record, loss of your drivers’ license, difficulty in keeping or getting jobs. Convictions on drug distribution, selling or trafficking have long prison terms and hefty fines. This is why drug distribution offenses must be fought with extremely skilled and vigorous defense by top criminal lawyers.



The most common approach in defense of drug distribution is to get the case dismissed or the charges substantially reduced without a trial. Pre-trial defense strategies used by lawyers usually center around the suppression or handling of evidence. This requires the attorneys to have more than just knowledge of the law. It requires the lawyers to have specific experience in drug distribution defense strategies backed by forensic experts who can conduct the research necessary.

Drug distribution is aggressively prosecuted and carry severe penalties. Just a few grams of some substances can imprison you for many years.

Unlike many other crimes, drug distribution can lead to federal prosecution. The federal government has an entire agency dedicated solely to pursuing drug trafficking, the DEA. It is critical for a lawyer to find out whether you are facing federal charges or under federal investigation. Even an investigation of drug distribution or trafficking made by your state can later be handed to federal agents. If so, you need a lawyer experienced in federal defense and courts.

Our defense strategies and our cadre of drug trial attorneys at both the state and federal level have saved our clients from having to pay enormous fines and years of prison time, in some instances a lifetime of incarceration.

The obvious goal of a criminal defense lawyers is to get your case dismissed or, barring that, get a not guilty verdict. In the case of drug distribution cases, there can be many counts or other charges, each of which carries its own sentence.

In the event that it is not possible to disprove an accusation of drug distribution against you, our attorneys can be extremely helpful at sentence reduction. The complexity of drug trafficking cases creates many opportunities for plea bargains, and the lattitude state court judges have makes it possible to greatly reduce penalties.

At LibertyBell Law Group, we have a team of trial attorneys with experience defending against drug distribution and trafficking. Our lawyers’ experience spans state courtrooms across the country and federal courts. Our attorneys have successfully defended clients in cases involving huge amounts of drugs, millions of dollars and multiple years of defense work.



You can now draw on the combined expertise of many top lawyers with one goal — getting the best possible ending for your case.

Early intervention is the key to our mutual success. Call us now at 855-LAW-PRO1 (855-529-7761) for a free consultation with one of our criminal attorneys.

Gina Tennen

Gina Tennen


At A Glance

  • Expert legal strategist.
  • Experienced in both prosecution and defense.
  • Relentless fighter for her clients with results to prove it.
  • Received the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award
  • Featured in Time Magazine’s “Leaders of Criminal Defense” in the 100 Most Influential People edition.

Executive Managing Attorney Gina Tennen is a renowned leading advocate of personal liberties. Her meticulous trial preparation and exceptional ability to pursue every possible defense has earned her the admiration of clients and respect from prosecutors, judges, and other criminal attorneys all over the nation.

Lawyer Tennen began her career as a Senior Law Clerk for one of the toughest District Attorney’s offices in the country where she gained remarkable experience in juvenile crimes, elder abuse, parole hearings, child abuse, sex and other serious crimes. Her experience at the District Attorney’s Office armed her knowledge and case strategy in exploiting the other side’s weaknesses for the client’s advantage and building a rock solid defense. Criminal attorney Tennen’s experience on both sides and brilliant maneuvering throughout is evidenced in her winning track record. In fact, even before earning her law degree, she was instrumental in getting excellent results on several criminal cases outshining her peers.

A consummate strategist and top criminal attorney, lawyer Tennen works tirelessly on many high profile criminal cases. She is known as a relentless fighter who never gives up on any case. Whether the case is hers or handled by another criminal defense attorney from LibertyBell Law Group, no matter how small the case may seem she asserts that every client deserves the right to the best legal representation.

It is her deep belief and what she has built her entire career and lifelong dedication to that there is always hope for every client and every avenue should be pursued regardless of the time and energy it takes. For criminal attorney, Gina Tennen, devoting the finest criminal defense for clients is a habit and talent that you must apply and do all the time.

You demand the best defense. Take hold of your life and speak to our defense attorneys by calling 855-LAW-PRO1 (855-529-7761) now.

Founder Gina Tennen and all the defense attorneys at LibertyBell Law Group uphold that when the bell rings, it rings for life and liberty for all.

Diana Ivanova

Associate Attorney & Director of Client Affairs
Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Diana Ivanova is an Associate at LibertyBell Law Group, who specializes in complex criminal matters in state and federal courts nationwide.

Ms. Ivanova’s aggressive defense of her clients’ freedoms and rights has earned her a reputation as both a zealous and successful criminal defense trial attorney in all criminal defense matters. She provides tenacious representation in both state and federal courts for those facing serious charges of sex crimes, federal violations, drug crimes, homicide, violence, white-collar crime, DUI and more. Ms. Ivanova has also successfully litigated some of the largest violence crimes in Los Angeles.

Even if an arrest has been made, Ms. Ivanova focuses on getting charges dropped before formal charging in court. It is important for a criminal defense professional to intervene early and aggressively, as she does.

Ms. Ivanova is a member of multiple legal associations. In addition to being a tough and fearless advocate in criminal defense cases, she genuinely cares about her clients and fights each case with unparalleled skill and determination to obtain the best possible outcome.

Call 855-LAW-PRO1 (855-529-7761) to speak to Diana now. You may also email her at info@LibertyBellLaw.com.



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