Facing any criminal charge such as possession of marijuana is a serious matter. Although some may view marijuana as a less serious substance, it is still illegal and can carry penalties including hefty fines and possible prison time. When you are at risk of serious criminal penalties, you need an experienced attorney in your corner to make sure your rights are protected and you receive fair treatment under the law.
Whether you were caught with a small personal amount of marijuana or are being charged with felony marijuana distribution, you are looking at a possible permanent criminal record at a minimum. We know the reality of this can cause a lot of stress and want to help.
As experienced Minnesota defense attorneys, we have defended lots of Minnesota marijuana charges, and can put that experience and judgment to work for you. We’ll be able to quickly evaluate the facts of your case, and let you know what you can expect in court, and what your chances are to beat the charges.
We also know that all cases are different and even though experience is vital, personal treatment is a quality that many firms can’t give. Please contact us, and learn what we can do for you to help you out of this difficult situation.
MN Marijuana Possession – Laws & Penalties
To be charged with possession, the marijuana has to be on you or within your control. This means that you can be charged with possession even if the marijuana was not in your pocket or on your body. The charge you face depends on the amount of marijuana you were caught with.
|100 kilograms or more||1st degree controlled substance crime||Up to 30 years and $1 million.|
|50 kilograms or more||2nd degree controlled substance crime||Up to 25 years and $500,000.|
|10 kilograms or more||3rd degree controlled substance crime||Up to 20 years and $250,000.|
|42.5 grams to 10 kilo.||5th degree controlled substance crime||Up to 5 years and $10,000.|
|Less than 42.5 grams||Petty misdemeanor, non criminal||$200 fine and drug education.|
Minnesota Statutes §152
What Are the Options For A Minnesota Marijuana Possession Legal Defense?
When facing a criminal charge like marijuana possession, ultimately your choices are fight the charge in court, or look to work out a deal that you can live with.
If you want to fight your marijuana possession charge, we are prepared to file legal motions to suppress the evidence against you based on illegal search and seizure.
However, if you feel you are guilty or don’t think the case is winnable, there are options that can reduce the severity of the consequences, and the risk to your future of a criminal record.
Conditional Discharge Option in Minnesota Marijuana Possession Cases
If this is your first offense, you may be eligible for “conditional discharge“. This simply means that you can serve a term of probation prior to trial. If you successfully complete the term your charges can be dismissed. Typical conditions for this dismissal include no further incidents with the law, completion of drug abuse & additions education programs, and possible mandatory drug testing.
Free Consultation on a Minnesota Marijuana Possession Offense
An experienced Minnesota drug possession defense attorney can be critical to help to protect yourself after a marijuana bust. We will know if the police made a mistake in arresting you illegally. If they violated your constitutional rights, then the charges should be immediately dismissed. We can also increase the chance that a judge will grant you a conditional discharge option, that can prevent you from getting stuck with a permanent criminal conviction on you record.
Handling marijuana charges successfully requires an attorney with experience and tenacity. One that is dedicated to serving the needs of their clients and working hard to get results. Call for a consultation on your Minnesota marijuana case today, and find out if we are the attorneys for you.
It’s an opportunity to find out what kind of help you can get, with no further obligation, so call today.