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Minneapolis Drug Crime Attorney

Guidance for Individuals Facing Drug Charges in Minnesota

Being charged with a drug crime can be confusing and having an accomplished Minneapolis drug lawyer can be very helpful. If you or a loved one has been charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug crime contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. At Brockton D. Hunter P.A., our Minneapolis drug crime lawyers are committed to forming a bond with our clients and are involved in working towards a beneficial result for their client.

No matter what type of drug charge you are facing, don’t hesitate to call our seasoned Minneapolis drug crime lawyers at (612) 979-1112.

Minnesota Controlled Substance Laws & Penalties

In Minnesota, drug sentencing includes five different categories, first through fifth degree controlled substance charges. The penalties for these categories may results in a prison sentence, fines, or both.

The range of controlled substances include:

  • 1st degree controlled substance - up to 30 years in prison and up to $1,000,000 in fines.
  • 2nd degree controlled substance - up to 25 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.
  • 3rd degree controlled substance - up to 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
  • 4th degree controlled substance - up to 15 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.
  • 5th degree controlled substance - up to 5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

What Drugs are Controlled Substances?

Under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, controlled substances are monitored by both state and federal law and include the following:

  • Ecstasy
  • Weed (Marijuana)
  • Heroin
  • Meth
  • Cocaine (crack cocaine)
  • Prescription Drugs that are not doctor prescribed

What are Common Legal Defenses to Drug Charges?

The legal defenses when facing criminal charges for a drug crime can vary widely depending on the circumstances of the case. An experienced attorney should be consulted immediately in order to determine what defense(s) might be available in your case and how they could potentially help you fight the charges against you.

Common legal defenses to drug crimes include:

  • Wrongful arrest
  • Insufficient evidence
  • Mistaken identity
  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Entrapment
  • False accusation
  • Lack of criminal intent or knowledge

In some cases, those accused of drug crimes may be able to plea bargain with the prosecution and receive a lesser charge or reduced sentence in exchange for admission of guilt. A plea bargain can help you avoid harsher penalties and potential jail time. Additionally, it is possible to have the entire case dismissed if one of these legal defenses apply to your case.

Facing Drug Charges in MN? Call Us.

With a wide range of drug charges that people can face in Minnesota, having a knowledgeable lawyer who is capable of getting results is very important. There are many different defense strategies which can be used to help with your specific questions. Our drug attorneys Minneapolis, MN have been selected to the Super Lawyers® list as the top five percent of lawyers in the state every year since 2011. Attorney Hunter is a combat veteran and can help veterans who have been charged with drug crimes.

Our Minneapolis drug crime attorneys have a track record of getting results for our clients – including have charges reduced, dismissal of cases, and not guilty verdicts. We care about the case results for our clients and want them to have results that are beneficial for them. Whichever drug charges are involved in your case, you can receive bold and aggressive legal counsel from our firm.

Contact us at (612) 979-1112 to learn how an experienced Minneapolis drug crime attorney can help you.


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