Questions And Answers About Drug Charges

The foundation of criminal law in our nation is that everyone who is accused of a crime deserves a defense. The first step to defending your freedom and your future from drug charges is understanding the charges and the potential penalties.

Below are some answers to commonly asked questions about drug charges in Minnesota. Remember that federal charges may apply in some cases, and that these have different requirements and penalties.

Is Marijuana Possession Legal In Minnesota?

The short answer is no. Marijuana laws have been changing in many states, but Minnesota has not legalized marijuana for recreational use. Minnesota has legalized medicinal marijuana under very specific, controlled conditions.

What Are The Penalties For Marijuana Possession In Minnesota?

Those who unlawfully possess a small amount of marijuana are guilty of a petty misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of $300. Possession of more than 42.5 grams of marijuana comes with felony charges, meaning that those convicted can face more than a year in prison and a penalty of up to $5,000.

What Are The Penalties For Possession Of Other Drugs?

While the fee that comes with a marijuana possession conviction is relatively small, at least for smaller amounts, other drugs come with much harsher penalties. Possession of even small amounts of other Schedule I, II, III or IV drugs may lead to up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Is Rehabilitation An Alternative To Prison?

Drug treatment can be an alternative to prison in some cases. Studies show that court-ordered drug rehabilitation programs have good rates of success for individuals, and save the state a huge amount of money. However, these programs are politically controversial, and judges are not always open to sentencing a defendant to treatment instead of prison. Speak to a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer about all your options, including drug treatment.

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Every case has unique facts. There is no substitute for speaking to a skilled attorney about how the law applies to your case, and building a strategy for your specific needs. Get started by calling the Woodbury office of Coodin & Overson, PLLP, at 651-319-5180 or contact us online.