Looking for a drug charges attorney in Minneapolis MN? Attorney Bill Sherry vigorously defends people accused of drug-related crimes or controlled substance offenses in all MN courts. Attorney offices in Apple Valley, Dakota County, Minneapolis, MN.
Drug charges in Minnesota for wrongful possession or sale of street drugs or prescription medicine are called Controlled Substance Crimes. Minnesota law includes five schedules of controlled substances, known as Schedule I, II, III, IV, and V. Drug charges are defined as Controlled Substance Crimes in the First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree, Fourth Degree and Fifth Degree Controlled Substance Offenses, depending on the type and amount of drug involved, whether the charge is for possession, sale or manufacture, and where the offense occurred, such as in a motor vehicle, school zone, park zone, public housing zone or drug treatment facility.
Common charges for possession or sale of street drugs include marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, morphine and other narcotics and hallucinogens. Common charges for illegal possession or sale of prescription drugs or medication include Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Alprazolam (Xanax), Lorazepam (Ativan), Demerol, Morphine, Codeine, Methadone, Adderall, Ritalin and Valium. In some cases, charges are also brought for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Most drug crimes are felonies. Many drug charges have mandatory minimum jail sentences and presumptive prison sentences. Felony drug charges can cause harsh and long-lasting consequences for employment, rental qualifications and many other things that involve background checks. In addition to any drugs seized, cash and other property in your possession may also be taken at the time of arrest, and you must initiate a separate court action demanding return of the seized property or risk forfeiture of those items. Because of the strict filing deadlines for forfeiture actions, it is important to contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer like Apple Valley lawyer Bill Sherry as soon as possible.
Defense of drug charges often involves careful review of whether the police properly followed complex search and seizure laws. If drugs were illegally seized, the evidence may be suppressed and the charges dismissed. Minnesota controlled substance laws also allow some drug cases to be resolved with a stay of adjudication where a person is placed on probation without any criminal conviction. After successful discharge from probation in this kind of case, it may be possible to get the criminal court records expunged. People facing drug charges often need advice about whether to get involved in drug treatment. Minnesota lawyer Bill Sherry has experience defending drug charges in Dakota County and throughout Minnesota, and will work with you to get the best possible result.
As an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney, Bill Sherry understands that legal problems don’t always happen during ordinary office hours. If you are facing a legal problem and need to talk with a lawyer right now, call Bill Sherry at 952-423-8423 for a free consultation.
Under current law, a person with no prior drug convictions can often avoid severe felony consequences for possession of small amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and prescription drugs without a valid prescription. First time drug possession can be charged as a gross misdemeanor if the amount of drugs involved is very small. But charges for possession of larger amounts of illegal drugs are still felonies. Read More
Effective August 1, 2016, Minnesota laws regarding illegal possession of drugs changed significantly. The laws controlling possession and sale of controlled substances are in Minnesota Statute Chapter 152. Read More
In many cases, a person charged with illegal drug possession may be eligible for a stay of adjudication under Minn. Stat. 152.18, and thereby avoid being convicted of anything. Under a stay of adjudication, the court can defer prosecution for certain first time drug offenders and not enter a conviction for anything. Read More
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