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The Federal Lawyer- Understanding the Analogues: The Bath Salt Crisis and Federal Prosecution

Federal charges for synthetic drugs, cannibinoids and cathinones as they are sometimes referred to are now at the forefront of federal prosecutions.  In fact, the Government recent announced a nationwide smack down in the form of prosecutions for alleged manufacturing and distributing analogues or synthetic drugs.  This includes St. Louis with the highly publicized indictment of 30 plus individuals on federal charges connected to the importation, manufactures and nationwide sale of synthetic marijuana and bath salts. Many of these products can be purchased at gas stations and convenience stores.  Attorney John Lynch is educated in the defense of these charges and has successfully navigated his clients through the stressful process of criminal indictment.

What is an analogue or synthetic drug? They are often referred to as “designer drugs.” The Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986 defines analogue drugs as those where the chemical structure of the synthetic drug is substantially similar to that of controlled illicit substances.  Generally, these analogue drugs have similar effects to stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic drugs often experienced with controlled illicit substances that are found in schedule I or II. Bath salts and K2 are just a couple of the most prevalent analogue drugs that you hear about today.   Others include use of legal type products laced with a cannabinoid or cathinone-based  liquid in an effort to achieve the proverbial high.  The problem is that the law surrounding this area of federal criminal charges is vague- meaning ambiguity as to what exactly is the illegality. This is where the Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC. can help.  As a trained narcotics investigator and prolific trial attorney, John Lynch and his team have already been called upon to represent individuals and businesses alike.

These types of crimes should not be taken lightly as such federal crimes are inherently more complex in nature, involve serious criminal acts and then the possibility of serious penalties. In fact, in these cases, the penalties that one may face can be just as harsh as those related to the possession or distribution of the actual drug. These cases are especially difficult as they tend to be very technical in nature and may require the expertise of a chemist to analyze substance molecules.  Due to the complex nature of these cases, a keen understanding of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, applicable statute, as well as access to a host of legal resources all are needed to protect your interests.

Unfortunately, these types of cases are becoming more of a reality. That is why having the right representation is critical to the entire process in Federal Court- JOHN M. LYNCH has an unmatched record of success in federal courts all across the country.  If you want successful representation in federal court, the attorney you choose must be one that is familiar and practices in federal court on a regular basis. The Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC. is the prominent defense firm that handles cases in federal court nationwide.