The possible penalties that can result from a conviction for criminal charges depend on many factors. The exact charges involved, extenuating circumstances and whether a conviction actually takes place could all play roles. Additionally, an accused party’s criminal defense is often a vital part of the proceedings.

It was recently reported that a California woman was taken into custody on drug-related charges. According to reports, the woman works as a nurse and had allegedly been using accounts and websites on the dark web to sell opioids across the country. The woman purportedly sold over 20,000 prescription pills, and authorities reportedly became aware of her activities after a bust of one of the dark web sites in 2017. The data seized from the site led them to the woman.

She was allegedly active on one marketplace for less than a year and sold almost 5,000 pills and other prescription drugs during that time. She reportedly also used other online marketplaces to conduct other sales. Now, she faces charges of conspiracy and distribution of fentanyl.

Serious charges for drug crimes have the potential to lead to steep penalties. The woman accused in this California case will certainly want to determine her best criminal defense options. Stretches of her case may seem immensely difficult to navigate, but gaining information and applying that information in a meaningful way may help in her defense. Obtaining that information as well as assistance from local legal resources may allow her to ensure that she gains reliable and applicable facts regarding her case.