Is Drug Trafficking A White Collar Crime?


If the Newark police caught you smoking a joint, you probably wouldn’t think to call a white collar crime attorney. Yet, here we are, advertising our defense services for individuals accused of drug trafficking.

Exactly why drug trafficking is a white collar crime isn’t immediately obvious for most people. Let’s take a closer look at why an experienced white collar crime attorney is your best resource in any case involving the trafficking of illegal substances.

What Constitutes Drug Trafficking?

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, “[d]rug trafficking is a global illicit trade involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances which are subject to drug prohibition laws.” In general, but not always, trafficking charges are rendered against those involved with large quantities of an illicit substance that’s being transported or distributed over great distances. Drug trafficking is one of the most serious criminal offenses, and usually results in 1st degree felony charges.

What Makes Drug Trafficking White Collar Crime?

Unlike the drug dealer on the corner, who is both in possession of and distributing an illicit substances, those involved with drug trafficking at the highest levels may never even been in the same room as an illicit substance. These people can still be implicated in such a case if they are profiting in any way from the operation.

We Are Your Trusted Resource In All Cases Of White Collar Crime

No matter what type of drug trafficking charges you may be facing in Newark, the Law Offices of Robert J. DeGroot are prepared to act as your criminal justice attorney. We have decades of experience with white collar crime and will ensure that your rights and interests are protected during this difficult time. Contact us now.