Drug Crimes

How can I defend against criminal drug charges?

In Minnesota and throughout the United States the penalties for drug-related criminal offenses are often severe. Drug crime charges alone can have a disastrous impact on one's life, making it more difficult for an accused individual to maintain healthy relationships with employers, friends, and even the closest family members. The legal ramifications of a drug crime conviction can easily translate to jail or prison sentences, significant financial penalties, and other sanctions that can pose problems for convicted individuals for many years to come.

Drug possession laws dictate various penalties depending on the type of drug, the quantity of drug, the intent behind the possession, and more. In Minnesota, the drug laws treat very different drugs, including cocaine, crack, marijuana, ecstasy, and oxycodone as the same drug for purposes of our drug laws (with a couple of exceptions for small amounts of marijuana). Knowing the law with respect to possession can be extremely beneficial to those who may be at risk of arrest for such a criminal violation, as well as for those who come into the possession of a drug without their knowledge. At Wermerskirchen & Blomquist, we work hard at the beginning of representation to get drug charges dismissed. This is often possible without trial by suggesting drug treatment instead of harsh penalties.

Drug distribution is a criminal offense that is taken very seriously, and can drastically change the potential outcome of a less serious possession offense. Intent to distribute implies that the individual is not breaking the law for personal use, but instead seeks to make illegal or controlled substances available to others. This is a significant upgrade to standard possession charges and can even result in federal charges.

Wermerskirchen & Blomquist can help you defend against drug and other criminal charges.

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