Being accused of a crime can be a pivotal moment in your life. When that crime is felony methamphetamine possession, your life stands to change dramatically. Not only are you facing numerous years in prison, you could lose the support of friends and family when accused of an offense like this. It’s important to have someone in your corner as you are going through this difficult time—we may be able to help.
Methamphetamine possession is an offense that carries a negative stigma, more so than some other drugs. This is because meth is commonly seen as a highly addictive and damaging drug, one that can lead to serious mental health issues, not to mention physical damage. Whether you are an addict or not, you can expect to be treated like one when charged with an offense like this.
Minnesota Methamphetamine Possession Penalties
The penalties for meth possession are severe and are based on a number of factors. First, the prosecution will determine how to charge you according to the amount of drugs you are accused of possessing.
|Fifth Degree Possession||Less than 3 grams||Up to 5 years and $10,000 in fines|
|Third Degree Possession||3- 5.9 grams||Up to 20 years and $250,000 in fines|
|Second Degree Possession||6- 24.9 grams||Up to 25 years and $500, 000 in fines|
|First Degree Possession||25 grams or more||Up to 30 years and $1 million in fines|
Ref: Minnesota Statute §152.02
Your criminal history will also play a role, as the penalties for someone with an extensive criminal past are far more severe. Finally, the facts of the case will also dictate how you are ultimately sentenced and how willing a prosecutor is to offer a favorable plea agreement.
Plea Agreements in MN Meth Cases
Most meth possession cases end in a plea agreement. This is where you agree to plead guilty to at least a portion of the charges against you in exchange for a lenient sentence. Sometimes you can avoid prison time in this manner, other times you will have to serve some days or even months in jail, followed by a period of probation.
Your attorney will be able to provide you with insight into the likelihood of a favorable plea agreement in your case.
Meth Possession Charge Defense Strategies
From plea agreements to drug courts, and fighting your case at trial, there are many potential defense strategies for people charged with methamphetamine possession. Determining which strategy is appropriate for you begins with contacting a local defense attorney.
Contact me today to discuss the details of your case and how I might be able to help.