Possession (Drug Offenses)

Drug Crimes Lawyer Shakopee, MN

There are two levels of charges that can result from possession of illegal drugs: gross misdemeanor or felony. Which is charged depends on the drug, the amount of it in possession, and other circumstances that surround the arrest. The charges are very serious and can lead to high fines, time in prison, and a criminal record that causes issues with getting a job or finding a place to live.

If you or a loved one has been charged with possession of an illegal drug, securing the skilled representation of a Scott County criminal lawyer can make a considerable difference in the outcome of the case. There is also the fact that some drug crimes are charged at the state level, but they can also be charged at the federal level if the drugs were taken over state lines. Having an attorney who is knowledgeable in both state and federal drug laws will help you secure a better outcome in your case.

Handling All Types Of Possession Crimes

There are different types of drug possession crimes that a person can be accused of. They include:

  • Possession of marijuana (with or without the intent to sell)
  • Possession of narcotics (with or without the intent to sell)
  • Possession of chemicals used in the manufacturing of drugs (intent to manufacture)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

The penalty, if convicted, will be determined by a number of factors. Those factors include how much of the drug was in possession, the intent of having the drugs in possession, and whether or not any other criminal acts were committed at that time. The exact penalty will consist of jail or prison time, fines, drug rehabilitation, community service, and other penalties that the judge finds to be appropriate.

Knowledgeable & Straightforward Legal Advice

When you consult with your Minnesota drug crimes attorney immediately after your arrest, work will begin on your case. There are a number of strategies that can be used in your defense when facing a drug possession charge. The goal is to use the facts in the case to obtain the best outcome. Perhaps the drugs were really not yours or not all of them were yours and they belonged to someone who was with you, staying with you, or who had been riding in your car. The goal of your attorney is to show that there is at least some reasonable doubt when it comes to all or part of the case so that you can avoid as many of the penalties as possible.

Contact A Shakopee Criminal Defense Attorney

Possession of an illegal drug is taken very seriously in Minnesota and can result in very serious criminal charges. If you or a loved one has been charged with possession, it is very important that you seek quality representation as soon as possible. Without the proper legal representation, you could face the maximum penalties when you do not have to. To learn more about how Langemo Law can help you, call 952-556-0056 for a free consultation.