Changes to Federal criminal laws since the Trump administration

ASPEN, CO – APRIL 18: A man is handcuffed and arrested by Aspen police outside the Cannabis Crown 2010 expo April 18, 2010 in Aspen, Colorado. The man was detained by hotel security after carrying a large jar of marijuana out of the marijuana trade show in the basement event space downstairs. Aspen police then found the man has no medical marijuana license and was carrying a set of brass knuckles, which are illegal in Colorado. The marijuana he carried was confiscated and destroyed, according to police. Colorado, one of 14 states to allow use of medical marijuana, has experienced an explosion in marijuana dispensaries, trade shows and related businesses in the last year as marijuana use becomes more mainstream. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Once the Trump administration was elected, there have been some changes to existing criminal laws. In general, the rules have been enforced more harshly and often have seen first-time offenders being imprisoned. Here are some of the leading changes that took place.

Charging of five to ten years for first-time drug offenses – Previously first-time drug offenders were most often charged with three years of imprisonment depending on the amount of drugs sold. However, new rules have forced judges to impose five to ten-year prison for first-time offenders regardless of the amount of narcotics held.

Alien smuggling offenses – Some individuals may bring in a family member to the US and let them live in the US. Previously individuals such as this have not been charged with a felony as long as the people they have bought into the US have remained law-abiding citizens. However, the new law states that anyone who has an undocumented individual in their car can be convicted as a felon for life. A felony record often makes it difficult for a person to get employment and manage a family.

Marijuana offenses – Although laws were relaxed on marijuana production, related cases, and marijuana clinics, the current government is against its creation and distribution. The current government is determined to carry out the legislation relating to the cannabis industry, and offenders are in danger of federal prosecution.