Defending Clients Facing Minnesota Drug Charges
Drug crimes cover a broad range of offenses involving controlled substances, including manufacturing, distributing, trafficking, sale, and possession. Drug crimes can be a violation Minnesota state law and/or federal law. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the type of drug, and the amount of the drug, drug crimes can be either a misdemeanor or a felony and can result in a wide range of penalties, including probation, jail or prison time, fines, and court-ordered drug treatment program.
If you have been charged with a drug time, it is critical that you consult with an experienced Minnesota drug crime attorney as soon as possible in order to defend yourself against the drug charges and protect your legal rights. The Minneapolis drug crime lawyer Max A. Keller has more than 15 years of experience handling drug crime cases, both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. Accordingly, he has an intimate understanding of the Minnesota criminal justice system and how drug crime offenses are handled. He will use his vast experience and legal knowledge of drug crime offenses to protect your rights and fight to eliminate or reduce the drug charges and potential penalties.
If you are facing Minnesota drug charges, time is of the essence. Contact the Minneapolis drug crime defense law firm of Keller Law Offices at (952) 913-1421 today to learn more about how we help defend you against drug charges.
Drug Crime Informational Resources
At Keller Law Offices, we pride ourselves keeping our clients informed of their legal rights and the progress of their case. Accordingly, we provide a number of helping drug crime informational resources to clients and potential clients, regarding the following:
- Alternatives to Incarceration in Drug Cases
- Criminal and Civil Forfeiture
- Federal Drug Crimes
- Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Crimes
- Searches and Seizures in Drug Cases
Potential Drug Crime Penalties in Minnesota
Drug possession charges vary depending on the type and amount of drugs in possession. Minnesota drug crimes are classified the following five categories:
- First degree drug possession – punishable by up to $1 million in fines and 30 years in prison
- Second degree drug possession – punishable by up to $500,000 in fines and 25 years in prison
- Third degree drug possession – punishable by up to $250,000 in fines and 20 years in prison
- Fourth degree drug possession – punishable by up to $100,000 in fines and 15 years in prison
- Fifth degree drug possession – punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and 5 years in prison
Federal Drug Crime Penalties
Conviction of a federal drug crime results in penalties pursuant to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account the following factors, among others:
- Whether the offense involved injury to another person
- Whether a weapon was possessed or used
- The defendant’s criminal history
While judges have discretion to depart from sentencing guidelines, they must still adhere to the mandatory minimum sentences within the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. With respect to drug crimes, mandatory minimum sentences start at five years and ten years, depending on the weight and type of the drug. If a drug crime occurs in a school zone or other protected area, sentences and fines may be increased.
Aggressive Drug Crime Defense Lawyers
At Keller Law Offices, we are dedicated to defending clients facing Minnesota or federal drug crime charges. Contact us today at (952) 913-1421 to schedule a free consultation with a skilled Minneapolis sex crime defense lawyer. We will put our years of experience and exceptional knowledge to work to defend you and protect your rights.