There are a variety of drug crimes in Minnesota and many charges that come with them. Drug possession charges in Minnesota are classified in degrees. Each degree is specific to a particular crime or group of crimes and dictates what the penalty will be. Contact me today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Drug Possession Defense
If you have been charged with drug possession, then you need the proper representation. Getting caught with drugs or being accused of being in possession of drugs can be a very frightening experience.
A dedicated and experienced criminal defense lawyer can walk you through the legal process and put your mind at ease. You will have an understanding of what is going on and what to expect next so that thee are not any surprises.
As for how the charge is classified, the state of Minnesota states that:
- A First Degree Drug Possession charge is for anyone carrying more than 25 grams of cocaine, Methamphetamine, or heroin; 500 grams or more of a narcotic such as heroin, cocaine, or meth; 500 grams or more or more than 500 doses of hallucinogens and methamphetamines; 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. The sentence involves up to 30 years in prison and up to $1,000,000 in fines.
- Second Degree Drug Possession can yield up to 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines when in possession of 6 grams or more of Cocaine, Methamphetamine, or heroin; 50 grams or more of a narcotic other than heroin, meth, or cocaine; 50 grams or more or more than 100 doses of hallucinogens or amphetamine; and 50 kilograms or more of marijuana
- Third Degree Drug Possession can yield up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. If in possession of 3 grams or more of cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin; 10 grams or more of a narcotic other than meth, cocaine, or heroin; 50 or more doses of narcotics; 5 doses of LSD; and 10 kilograms or more of marijuana.
- Fourth Degree Drug Possession is a felony that can carry up to 15 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. This is the charge when caught with 10 or more dosage units of a hallucinogen.
- Fifth Degree Drug Possession is the least severe of all charges. However, the sentence can still be up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Drug Distribution Defense Lawyer
In Minnesota, drug distribution is a very serious crime and can carry a very long prison sentence. The charges can be considered a First Degree Felony and carry the same penalties. The Possession of Drugs with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamines carries a prison term of up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
In many cases, despite the drug charge, the driver’s license may be revoked. If a license is already suspended or revoked, it will be suspended for an additional 30 days.
Some of the types of drug cases include:
- Marijuana Defense
- Prescription Drug Defense
- Controlled Substance Crimes
- Federal Drug Conspiracy
- Drug Sales
- Heroin, other Opiates
- Cocaine Crimes
- Driving-Related Drug Crimes
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Heroin and Methamphetamines
- Drug Manufacturing
- License Suspension or Revocation Based On Drug Possession
- Importing, Transporting, Trafficking
Contact Attorney Judith Samson Today
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