The penalties facing persons charged with drug offenses in
federal court are mind boggling. For example, time and time again we have seen
young people, without any criminal record, facing a minimum of ten years in
federal prison based upon drug charges. This is a minimum sentence and, many
times, the reality is that they are facing much harsher sentences in the range
of thirty years to life. Also, unlike state prison, persons serving time in
federal prison must serve eighty-five percent of their sentence.
It is important for those charged with drug offenses to hire an attorney with
expertise in federal court and the federal sentencing guidelines immediately.
At Broden & Mickelsen, we will begin to work at once in order to decide how
we can successfully defend the case and in order to fully investigate the case.
Nevertheless, if a guilty plea is inevitable, we will work diligently to secure
a favorable plea bargain that does not call for a mandatory minimum sentence.
Moreover, we will fully explain to a client how the Sentencing Guidelines
operate. Unfortunately, all too often, we have seen persons plead guilty in
federal court to a drug offense without any explanation by their attorney as to
how the Sentencing Guidelines operate only to receive a horrible shock at their
Our success in this area speaks for itself. We have had evidence suppressed in
drug offenses in federal court on repeated occasions that has led to the
charges against clients being dropped. In one case, in federal court in Miami,
Florida, our client had been represented by several other lawyers and had spent
seven years in prison before he hired Broden & Mickelsen and we
successfully litigated his release. Another client was acquitted at a federal
trial in Dallas, Texas of distributing large amounts of drugs in Dallas after
our investigation proved that the client was not in Dallas at the time the
government claimed he was distributing the drugs (the client was acquitted
while his co-defendant was convicted).
Just recently, in February of this year, Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen traveled to federal court in Midland, Texas to represent a client facing almost 30 year in federal prison. He had three prior federal drug convictions, was found with almost $10,000 in cash and several kilograms of cocaine in his vehicle, and fought with police when he was arrested. After a three day jury trial in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, the client was found not guilty and went home with his family.
Please contact us to see if we handle your type of criminal