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Drug Charges Can Have Long Lasting Effects On Your Record

If you are facing criminal charges because of a drug crime, you need to act quickly in order to protect your rights. Prosecutors may push for plea deals that aren't in your best interest. But if you're scared enough or don't understand the protections you have under the law, you may end up agreeing to something that could end up costing you for the rest of your life.

At Throndset Michenfelder Law Office LLC, attorney Chad A. Throndset knows how stressful drug investigations can be. He uses his former prosecutorial background to identify the best defense strategy quickly and put it to use right away so he can protect his client's rights.

At our firm, we know the red flags that can cause charges to be dropped or even dismissed in Minnesota, such as:

  • Instances of entrapment
  • Searches and seizures performed without a warrant
  • Investigators failed to give you your Miranda Rights
  • An inability to prove the drugs were yours
  • Missteps taken at drug labs that end in contamination or misidentification suspected evidence

The severity of the crime depends on whether the drugs were sold or possessed, how much was present, and if you've had any former drug convictions.

Controlled Substance Crimes In The First Degree

Possessing any of the following is considered a controlled substance crime in the first degree:

  • At least 25 grams of heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine
  • At least 500 grams of other narcotic drugs
  • At least 500 doses of hallucinogens
  • At least 100 kilos of marijuana

Selling any of the following is considered a controlled substance crime in the first degree:

  • At least 10 grams of heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine
  • At least 50 grams of other narcotic drugs
  • At least 200 doses of hallucinogens
  • At least 50 kilos of marijuana, or 25 kilos in a park, school or public housing zone

Penalties include up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000,000.

Controlled Substance Crimes In The Fifth Degree

Selling any of the following substances is considered a controlled substance crime in the fifth degree:

  • Any quantity of marijuana over 42.5 grams
  • Any Schedule IV drug

Possessing any of the following substances is considered a controlled substance crime in the fifth degree:

  • Any amount of Schedule I, II, III or IV drugs, except 42.5 grams or less of marijuana

Penalties include up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Contact Our Firm

If you're facing drug charges, seek counsel from an experienced defense lawyer at our firm and start protecting your rights today.

To schedule a free initial consultation at either our St. Michael or Maple Grove office, call 763-515-4148 or fill out this contact form. Weekend appointments are available.

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