Possession of drugs can either be considered a felony or a gross misdemeanor offense depending on the amount in your possession and the circumstances surrounding the arrest. All drug crimes are tried in a separate Minnesota court and follow a different set of rules.
It is important that you seek legal advice from an experienced Minneapolis drug crime attorney as soon as you are arrested or accused of any drug possession crime.
Possession of Drug Crimes
Our firm handles all possession of drug cases including:
- Possession of narcotics with the intent to sell
- Possession of marijuana
- Possession of narcotics
- Possession of marijuana with the intent to sell
- Possession of certain chemicals with the intent to manufacturer
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Your penalty will depend of a number of factors including how much drugs you had in your possession, what was the intent of having this drug and what drug(s) were you caught with. Penalties for drug crimes include fines and fees, community service, drug rehabilitation in some instances and jail time.
Those under the age of 18 can also be charged with drug possession under the Minnesota law. This would be considered a juvenile crime and tried in a separate court. However, a juvenile can still face fines, probation, and detention time and community service for possession of drugs.
Drug Possession – Legal Advice
The more drugs found in your possession, the worse your punishment will be, especially if there are suspicions that you were planning on selling the drugs. Possession of drugs for personal use is considered a lot less severe than possession of drugs with the intent to distribute. However, a crime is still a crime and will end up on your permanent record if convicted.
There are a number of defense strategies to take when faced with a possession drug crime. If the drugs are not clearly in your possession (in your pocket), then there may be a case for mistaken identity. You could plead that the drugs found in your car or house were not yours. If the drugs were discovered during an illegal search and seizure that violated your right to privacy, then the evidence collected cannot be used against you. Our firm will assess your case, gather evidence, consult with experts and determine the best defense tactics to take for your situation.