Having illegal drugs in your possession can lead to serious charges. A drug possession charge can follow you for the rest of your life. If you are facing a drug possession charge in the state of Minnesota, you need an experienced defense attorney to help you.
Understanding Drug Possession Charges
Drug possession is a relatively common crime in the state of Minnesota. There is a wide range of charges for drug possession, and the penalties for a conviction are just as varied. If you are convicted of drug possession, you may be sentenced to jail time, large fines, and permanent strikes against you.
The exact penalty you will face for a drug possession charge depends on several factors, including:
- The type of substance in your possession;
- The volume of the illegal substance you have;
- The perceived intent of your possession; and/or
- A prior history of drug-related charges.
In most cases, drug possession will be charged as a felony, and the penalties can range up to 30 years in prison and fines over $1 million. Even having a trace of marijuana in your pocket or in your car can lead to a prison sentence or a hefty fine. This is true regardless of whether the illegal drugs are actually yours, or if someone else has left them in your vehicle.
Drug possession charges range from first-degree charges up to fifth-degree charges. A first-degree charge is the most serious, with a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, and fines over $1 million. Even a fifth-degree charge is nothing to take lightly. A conviction for a fifth-degree drug charge can cost you $10,000, and five years in prison. Any drug conviction also carries with it a lifetime stigma that may impact your employment or educational pursuits.
Drug Possession Lawyer
As soon as you are charged with drug possession, you need to get an experienced lawyer on your side. Your lawyer will help build your case to reduce your charges – or even get them dropped completely. A drug conviction can have lasting negative consequences on your life and can affect your ability to find quality employment. With the right attorney on your case, you may be able to get back to your normal life.
A drug possession lawyer will take every drug charge seriously, and fight to get the best possible outcome. In many cases, a qualified attorney may be able to help you avoid fines, and jail time, in favor of a rehabilitation sentence. The sooner you get a lawyer on your side, the more likely you are to defeat your charges and avoid strict penalties.
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When you are charged with a drug possession offense in Minnesota, our attorneys are here to help. At the Brown Law Offices, P.A., our experienced attorneys will build the case that can get your charges reduced or dismissed. Don’t let a drug possession conviction affect the rest of your life. Call us today at 763-323-6555, or complete our free online consultation form.