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Federal Crimes Archives

A criminal record may magnify drug charges

In the state of Connecticut and elsewhere, the criminal justice system is designed to punish and prevent offenses. As a result, the rights of individuals with criminal convictions on their records can be legally restricted in numerous ways.  And while such policies addressing the rights of convicted felons may inhibit repeat offenses in some instances, they may also inflate charges and expose the harshness of the federal criminal procedure. In fact, one recent case serves as a real-life example of how one’s criminal history can affect the type and severity of any future charges he or she may face.

Anti-drug trafficking efforts raise serious legal concerns

In the state of Connecticut and elsewhere, crime prevention efforts are a major priority. That's why the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) makes efforts to combat federal drug crimes by preventing them from ever taking place. Conducting campaigns in several major cities and more than 22 states around the country, the ATF orchestrates elaborate drug sting operations to catch leading suspects. Though, some of the agency's tactics force many prosecutors, judges, and criminal defense attorneys to question their legality.