If you have been charged with one of the following drug charges, you may have a lot of questions – including what kind of penalties you could be facing. The Minneapolis drug defense lawyers at Gerald Miller, P.A. can help build a defense that has your rights in mind and aims to bring about the best outcome to your case possible.
Controlled substances crimes and penalties can range from first to fifth degree, and within those, sale versus possession. It is important to set up a free consultation with Minnesota drug defense lawyer Gerald Miller and his team to go over your case’s specifics and your personal history.
From fifth-degree to first-degree, drug charges are based on the type of substance, the amount of the controlled substance in possession, and your previous record. Penalties can range from zero to five years and up to a $10,000 fine for a fifth-degree drug conviction, all the way up to zero to thirty years and up to a $1,000,000 fine for a first-degree controlled substance conviction.
In this case, prosecutors may charge you with a fifth-degree controlled substance because of the sale of 10 grams or more of cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine, or the sale of 50 grams or more containing a hallucinogen, amphetamine, phencyclidine, or 50 kilograms or more of marijuana. In terms of possession, it is 25 grams or more of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine, possession of 500 grams or more containing a narcotic drug, or 100 kilograms or more containing marijuana.
With this charge, prosecutors will claim there has either been the sale of 3 grams or more of cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine, 10 grams or more of another narcotic drug, the sale of 10 grams or more of amphetamine, phencyclidine, or hallucinogen, or 25 kilograms of marijuana or the possession of 6 grams or more of cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine, the possession of 50 grams or more of a narcotic drug. Possession of 50 grams or more of amphetamine, phencyclidine, or hallucinogen, or 50 kilograms or more of marijuana would also fall in this category.
There are also third, fourth and fifth-degree controlled substance charges on the lower end of the spectrum. For more information on those, contact the attorneys at Gerald Miller Law Firm to find out more. Penalties greatly depend on a variety of factors, so scheduling a free consultation to review your case today will help you understand the charges and potential consequences you are facing. Again, our consultations are free.
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A sentence for a drug offense in Minnesota is usually determined by guidelines set by the Sentencing Guidelines Commission, but actual length of a sentence for a drug charge is actually linked to the defendant’s past criminal record.
A judge may consider many factors when deciding on a sentence, such as if a drug crime took place in a school zone or public park. In such cases, the punishment may be more severe than in others.
A sentence for a drug charge is actually linked to the defendant’s past criminal record. As a result, the penalties are far more severe for repeat offenders.
The first thing you should do if you are facing drug charges is to call a lawyer. Find a lawyer who deals with the criminal court system and drug charges on a daily basis. (We are those lawyers.)
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Call Minnesota drug defense lawyer Gerald Miller today at 612-440-4610. Contact us, we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to give you some answers, a little hope and plenty of well-deserved peace of mind. You also can reach out via live chat on our website or fill out our confidential contact form here.