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The Federal Drug Conspiracy laws establish a so called “mandatory minimum” of a certain number of years in prison upon conviction and sentencing. depending upon the amount of drugs involved. For example, 5-40 years in prison with a minimum of five or 10 years to Life in prison Essentially, it means that if one is convicted of a dug conspiracy, one is required to serve the mandatory minimum without regard to applicable sentence under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines
Is the mandatory minimum really “mandatory.” For many, the answer is clearly, no. There are several mechanisms built into the law that allow people to avoid, in some cases, the mandatory minimum requirements.