Mr. Kuniansky has prosecuted and defended numerous drug cases. In fact, he was a Special Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the Presidential Drug Task Force in Miami, Florida during the Miami Vice days. As a result, he prosecuted some of the largest drug cases in the country at the time. For the past 28 years, Mr. Kuniansky has defended drug cases is federal and state court. Those facing federal drug charges are often shocked when they learn the penalties they are facing. Most drug cases in federal court carry a mandatory minimum of 10 years imprisonment to life imprisonment without parole. Obviously, very few are sentenced to life, however, many first time offenders do find themselves subject to a mandatory 10 year term of imprisonment (without parole, which has been abolished in the federal system). There are only 3 ways to avoid to avoid the mandatory minimum sentence where it applies (based on the type and quantity of drugs). The first, and obviously best, way is to obtain a not guilty verdict in a jury trial. The second way is to cooperate with the government and provide substantial assistance in the investigation or prosecution of others. The third way is only available to a limited number of Defendants. It is called the safety valve and requires the Defendant to meet five conditions: (1) the Defendant does not have more than 1 criminal history point; (2) the Defendant did not use violence or possess a weapon; (3) the offense did not result in death or serious injury; (4) the Defendant was not an organizer, leader, manager or supervisor of others; and (5) the Defendant has provided truthful information about the offense to the government (which does not require full cooperation ).