Get Answers to Common Question About Drug Crime Defense
A drug crime includes any crime that alleges selling, distributing, manufacturing, buying, or trafficking of an illegal controlled substance. This also includes prescription medications or “legal” substances as well, if you don’t have a valid prescription for them. A drug crime can also include the myriad of chemicals and paraphernalia used to manufacture illegal substances. Importing, exporting, and transporting illegal substances can also be included in the category of drug crimes. Driving under the influence of drugs is also a drug crime in Minnesota.
What are the penalties for possession of cocaine in Minnesota?
The penalties for possession of cocaine in Minnesota, as in other states, vary depending upon the amount of the drug with which you are arrested, or charged for having under your control. Prison sentences can vary from as little as 5 years up to as much as 30 years. Fines can range from $10,000 all the way to $1,000,000, again depending upon the amount of drug that you are charged with possessing. If you are convicted of possessing 25 grams or more, you could face up to 30 years in prison and $1,000,000 in fines. Possessing 6 grams or more could land you up to 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. Possessing 3 grams or more could net you up to 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. Of course, these are the upper limits, and many times, a qualified and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who specializes in defending drug crimes can have those penalties reduced significantly.
What is drug court?
The Drug Court in Hennepin County was initiated in 1997 as part of an effort to reduce the number of cases entering the main court system, and streamlining the process to help offenders receive rehabilitation rather than jail time. The movement to assist offenders in obtaining rehabilitation and possibly vacating their sentence and conviction after successful completion of a drug rehabilitation program has taken foothold across the country. The goal of the drug court program is to identify those individuals who may be in the throes of addiction and to help break the cycle of recidivism and chemical dependency.
Will I go to prison?
Any drug crime could include prison time, particularly felony offenses. If you do not have a quality defender, the chances of conviction are increased radically. You can’t take chances with drug charges, as your future freedom can be lost, and your life forever changed if you are convicted. Get an attorney that knows how to fight back working with you – your future could depend upon how your case is presented to the court.