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Reviewed on: October 07,2015

My husband had been indicted on federal conspiracy drug charges in another state. He's a first time offender and has never been in trouble what are the odds of getting federal prison as supposed to a lengthy prison sentence?

Asked: February 20,2015
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Federal indictments statistically have a 97% conviction rate. Most of the drug conspiracy cases are done with multiple defendants who are typically informing on each other to reduce their own sentence. Depending on the true story behind your husband's involvement, there is a high likelihood that he will indeed do federal time, regardless that he is a first-time offender.  If your husband has some guilt in this case, the best advice we can give is to not spend too much on a lawyer because they are experts at getting the biggest fee they can and never intending on trying the case in open court. They will take your money and then talk you into a plea bargain. If that is what you decide to do, you do not need an expensive lawyer to march you into a prison sentence. On the other hand, there are some really good lawyers to help with the plea process. But money is the key here, just because you are spending a lot does not mean that you will be buying a result. You have to decide how you are going to play your hand before you start writing checks. Sentences are determined by the "dollar value of the crime" and the criminal history of the defendant.  Regarding the sentencing process and setting up the location where you do your time or potentially getting a sentence reduction, ask us as we might be able to give you some advice on how to set this up before-hand because once certain things are in the record you might lose the ability to get reductions. 
Accepted Answer Date Created: February 21,2015