Interstate 80 Drug Stops in Nebraska
Nebraska Interstate Drug Stop Attorneys
Have you been arrested in the state of Nebraska for drug trafficking on
Interstate 80? I-80 is notorious for being a major East-West drug trafficking
route, with the money traveling west and drugs traveling to markets in
the Midwest and East Coast. The highways and interstate enable narcotics
transportation from West Coast ports of entry to distribution hubs in
cities like Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, and Boston. Due to the legalization
of marijuana in many states, the drug trafficking trade has made I-80
a primary route for moving marijuana from the states of Washington, California,
and Colorado, to Midwestern and Eastern states where pot is not yet legalized.
This makes out-of-state travelers on I-80 with license plates from states
that have legalized marijuana a target for law enforcement to stop and
search. The Nebraska state patrol often stops these vehicles for an alleged
minor traffic violation in order to search for drugs as well as for large
sums of cash which are the alleged proceeds of the interstate drug trade.
Penalties for Drug Possession & Trafficking
The penalties you face for a conviction on charges of drug trafficking
or related offenses depend on several factors, including the quantity
and type of drugs and whether you are being prosecuted by the state or
federal government. Generally, a sentence for crimes of this nature can include:
The penalty of having your cash confiscated could leave you feeling helpless
and enraged. Experienced criminal defense attorneys know how to challenge
asset forfeiture actions and the associated criminal charges, such as
money laundering, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting the consummation
of a felony, in both state and federal interstate drug cases.
Asset Forfeiture in I-80 Drug Stop Cases
Although it is not illegal to possess large sums of cash, prosecutors believe
it is a violation to pass through the state of Nebraska in possession
of money that has been obtained through the sale of illegal drugs or is
intended for the purchase of illegal drugs.
If unusually large sums of cash are found in the vehicle, it may be assumed
that the money is being used for drug trafficking and the cash is liable
to be seized by the officer regardless of whether criminal charges are
filed against the driver or other occupants. According to the
Washington Post, nearly $2.5 billion have been forfeited in 62,000 cases of
asset seizure without a warrant or indictment made against the suspect.
In effect, your property is "guilty" and confiscated until you
can prove it innocent. The burden of proof for the government is lower
in a civil asset forfeiture case than a criminal case which is why you
need a strong criminal defense attorney who knows how to attack forfeiture
cases and can use this for your defense.
How Our Firm Can help
Do not be intimidated. Your rights and property are protected under the
United States Constitution. Whether you are at risk of being sent to prison
or if you need to defend your assets against a forfeiture action, we can
help. Our attorneys have extensive experience in state and federal forfeiture
cases related to seized cash and property.