The only thing that matters more than experience is success when it comes to representing clients in federal court.
Federal crimes like drug trafficking or possession with intent to distribute cocaine, marijuana, or most other drugs carry mandatory prison time. Navigating your way through the maze of options takes an experienced attorney that knows how to get the least time possible.
Mandatory minimum sentencing only means “mandatory” if you don’t qualify for things like the “safety valve” or “5K” mitigation. Also, if the person charged only had a “minor” or even “minimal” role the court can reduce the amount of prison time. Other important factors that can make the difference in how much prison time is ordered are enhancements (or more prison time) if the person was an organizer, or if they used a private plane, or how much (in weight) was imported or sold.
To learn more about the guidelines call Matthew Ladd, an experienced attorney who knows how to the get the reductions you want at 305-665-3978.
Also, here’s a link to the federal guidelines manual: http://www.ussc.gov/guidelines-manual/guidelines-manual.