DRUG OFFENSES – MINNESOTA STATUTE 152.025
Most drug offenses fall into the category of “5th Degree Drug Possession” or “5th Degree Drug Sales”. (MN Statute 152.05) Possession of smaller amounts of cocaine, ecstasy, zanax, methamphetamine, hashish, MDMA, marijuana and other illegal controlled substances fall into this category. Although both possession and sales offense are FELONIES that can land you in jail or even prison, sales cases are treated more harshly by the courts. Having prior drug offenses on your record, even if a long time ago, will significantly increase your exposure to jail time or even time in Minnesota State Prison. Getting a felony drug charge along with a DWI also raises the stakes for you in court.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that they can “just pay a fine” and be done with a felony 5th Degree Drug Possession charge. Nothing could be further from the truth. Lengthy treatment programs, jail time, supervised probation for many years and random drug tests (for which you must pay each time) are the norm. A felony conviction will deprive you of your civil rights, including the right to vote or possess a firearm. You will also face a harder time obtaining employment, housing and student loans.
First Degree Drug offenses under MINNESOTA STATUTE 152.021 also include the sale or possession of illegal drugs, but in larger amounts and packaged in certain “dosage units”. It also includes the manufacture of methamphetamine in any amount. 1st Degree Drug Sales offenses carry with them minimum mandatory 86 months in Minnesota State Prison, even for first offenses. Many first time drug offenders are stunned at the extreme penalties imposed by the Minnesota courts and the ferocity by which the county attorney prosecutes them. But this is a serious reality that only a serious Twin Cities attorney can handle for you in court.
Get Help with Minnesota Drug Offense Charges (MN Statute 152.01) in the Greater Twin Cities Metro Area
Drug offenses, “controlled buys”, search warrants and traffic stops that lead to drug charges are often fertile grounds for bringing a “motion to suppress” evidence before the court. After a lengthy hearing, a judge will decide whether the police violated your constitutional rights and whether your case should be dismissed. Only an experienced criminal defense attorney can handle such a hearing for you, and given the consequences at stake, you owe it to yourself and your future to call METROWIDE LEGAL SERVICES and obtain a consultation to see whether you drug charge can be successfully settled to keep a felony off your record or whether you should move forward to contest your charge with court litigation.
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