Exposing the Unexpected Consequences of a Drug Conviction in Minnesota

Aside from imprisonment and huge fines, a Minnesota drug conviction can result in unexpected consequences, such as the loss of voting rights, firearm possession rights, and professional licenses. A drug conviction also hurts a person’s ability to secure a job.  Unfortunately, many people are unaware of these hidden consequences when choosing to plead guilty to drug charges.

Hidden Dangers of a Drug Conviction in Minnesota

Losing Firearm Possession Rights

If a person is convicted of a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor drug crime in Minnesota, he or she loses firearm possession rights for three years after the conviction date. If a person is convicted of a felony drug crime, he or she permanently loses the firearm possession rights. The person convicted of a felony drug crime, however, can petition a court for the reinstatement of his or her firearm possession rights subject to demonstration of good cause.

Losing the Right to Vote and Act as a Jury Member

A Minnesota felony drug conviction can result in the loss of both the right to vote and act as a jury member. Restoration of these rights can only happen after a person has served his or her entire probation term.

 Difficulties in Obtaining Employment

A person with a drug charge record can face difficulties when he or she is seeking employment. Most companies conduct criminal background checks on people they wish to hire. A person with a drug crime record is likely to be denied an employment opportunity.

Difficulties in Renting a House

Most landlords in Minnesota conduct criminal record checks on potential tenants. If a landlord discovers that a tenant has a drug conviction history, the landlord may decline his or her rental application.

Losing a Professional License

A drug conviction is grounds for losing a professional license. Professionals, such as lawyers, nurses, and teachers, who are members of esteemed professional bodies can get their licenses revoked or suspended if they get convicted of drug crimes.

Losing Driver’s License

A person convicted of a drug offense can lose his or her driving privileges, especially if the crime involved a motor vehicle.  

Dealing with Drug Offenses

A drug lawyer who is familiar with Minnesota drug laws can help a person facing drug charges understand both the expected and unexpected consequences of his or her charges. The lawyer can assess those charges, mount a solid defense against them, and offer advice on the best possible outcome the client should expect.

He has won jury trial cases in misdemeanor and felony cases and in DWI’s and non-DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. He is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

Involve a criminal appeal attorney soon after you learn the prosecution is appealing your sentence. Your attorney will walk you through the involving and confusing sentencing guidelines. An attorney's involvement will also help you develop a defense strategy for the appeal.