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Protect yourself if you're accused of selling drugs

If there's anything that can get you into trouble quickly with the law, it's selling illicit drugs. Any kind of illegal drug being sold is illegal, even if the drug is legal in other states. For example, you can't sell marijuana in Minnesota, even though it's legal in Colorado. You also can't carry marijuana in Minnesota, even if you've purchased it in another state where it's legal.

If you're stopped and accused of selling drugs, it's important to speak with your attorney as soon as possible. You don't want to talk to the authorities without a plan in place to prevent yourself from being convicted of a crime you haven't committed. Even if you have committed a crime, there may be ways to lessen the penalty.

It's important to realize that the authorities may try to charge you with selling narcotics, even if you were simply in possession. Proving that you were selling is hard, though, unless the authorities are able to prove without a doubt that you had a buyer. The courts will look at a number of factors to determine your guilt, but if you can disprove some, you can protect yourself and unbalance the prosecution's case against you.

For example, if you have a cellphone and baggies of drugs, an officer can claim you were taking calls to sell drugs. However, if you can show the only calls made were to your parents, then you could likely disprove this claim. Our website has information on what to do if you've been accused of selling drugs; you can still fight back and protect yourself.

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