Charged With Drug Possession? Get Legal Advice
Possession of drugs may be charged as 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.
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, but many of the same penalties apply such as fines, probation, detention time and/or community service.
Tailored Representation By An Experienced Attorney
Criminal defense attorney Bruce Rivers has a track record of successfully resolving these types of cases. Rivers Law Firm, P.A., handles all types of drug crime charges from possession of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, prescription medications to cases with allegations of intent to manufacture or sell. Even possession of drug paraphernalia can have serious consequences in Minnesota.
Penalties are highly dependent on the quantity in your possession. 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.
Fines, fees, community service, drug rehabilitation and in many instances time behind bars are usually all on the table with drug crimes.
Defense Strategies Vary Based On The Facts
A number of defense strategies could reduce the penalties. If the drugs are not clearly in your possession (in your pocket), then there may be a case for mistaken identity. An argument that the drugs found in your car or house were not yours could be made. 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. Hire a tough advocate who will fight for your rights by calling 612-915-0355 or sending us a message.