While the rules govern many different types of conduct related to transporting and selling tobacco, some of the strictest federal laws relate to trafficking in contraband cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.
If you are facing federal criminal charges for trafficking in contraband cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, you could be sentenced to jail time and could face fines if convicted. If you live in California, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, or surrounding areas, LV Criminal Defense can help you to develop a defense strategy aimed at reducing or avoiding these serious penalties.
Our legal team knows the ins-and-outs of the federal laws applicable to trafficking in contraband tobacco and we can put our knowledge to work to help you understand your rights and protect your future as you respond to allegations.
You should give us a call as soon as you are under investigation or are accused so we can begin working on your defense.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
If you are accused of a federal crime related to trafficking in contraband cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, the laws that you will be prosecuted under are found in 18 U.S. Code Chapter 114. Within 18 U.S. Code Chapter 114, there are six different statutes including the following:
It is important for any defendant who has been accused of trafficking in cigarettes or smokeless tobacco to understand what the definition of contraband cigarettes is, what the record keeping requirements are that must be complied with, and what prosecutors actually must prove in order for a defendant to be convicted of an offense.
Prosecutors have the burden of proving, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a defendant engaged in unlawfully trafficking in contraband cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in order for a defendant to be convicted under the statutes in 18 U.S. Code Chapter 114.
If a prosecutor is not able to prove any individual element of the offense, then the defendant would be acquitted of the charges because the U.S. Constitution guarantees that every person must be treated as innocent until proven guilty.
Developing the right response to charges requires an understanding of the statute that an experienced attorney can bring to your case. LV Criminal Defense knows the laws in Chapter 114 related to trafficking in contraband cigarettes and smokeless tobacco and can provide personalized help in determining whether prosecutors will be able to prove the necessary elements of your criminal case.
A federal criminal defense lawyer at LV Criminal Defense can provide you with assertive, informed representation when you are facing charges for trafficking in contraband cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Our dedicated and experienced legal defense team will work closely with you to ensure that you have chosen the best response to charges so you can work to avoid conviction and fight for your future.
Depending upon the circumstances, you may wish to negotiate a plea deal or fight for acquittal. We will help you to decide which approach is best and will work to carry out your planned response to charges so you can get the best possible outcome after accusations that you trafficked in contraband cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. To find out more about how our firm can help you to respond to charges, give us a call today.