Controlled substance charges in Minnesota can include drug possession, sale of controlled substance, drug conspiracy or manufacturing of any controlled substance. Also, possession of a controlled substance can include possession of prescription medications. Controlled substance charges in Minnesota range from Felony First Degree Controlled Substance to Fifth Degree controlled substance.
Controlled substance crimes include possession, selling, manufacturing or distribution of illegal drugs, simulated controlled substances or non-prescribed prescription medication. Drug crimes are serious criminal offenses that carry severe penalties. More serious drug charges can result in prison. While the courts consider each case on an individual basis; for a first degree controlled substance charge offenders may receive up to 30 years in prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine. Offenders charged with possession with the intent to manufacture face up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine, and stimulated controlled substance offenders may face up to 3 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. Even fifth degree drug charges come with up to 5 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine.
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CRIME IN THE FIRST DEGREE. 152.021
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Drug Charges in Federal Court
Many serious drug offenses, such as importing drugs or trafficking drugs are considered federal offenses as they move past the state boundary. You can expect harsher punishment if facing federal drug charges or indictment. All drug crime penalties increase for repeat offenders. You could be facing more than the maximum sentence if you have prior drug charge convictions.
Penalties for Controlled Substance Charges
The penalties for a conviction for a controlled substance crime are serious. If you are convicted, you can be sentenced to prison and required to pay extremely large fines. Also, you are also at risk for losing your rights to possess a gun, vote, obtain housing and employment. If you have been charged or are under investigation for a controlled substance crime in Minnesota, you need an experienced defense lawyer on your side. This is true regardless of whether you are innocent or guilty of committing any crimes.
DO NOT make any statements or provide any information to the police because everything you tell them will be used against you. You will not talk your way out of being arrested or charged with a controlled substance crime. Before talking to the police, call a criminal defense attorney before you give up certain legal rights. You can reach a controlled substance defense attorney, Anthony Grostyan, at 612-341-6575.