It is illegal in the State of Minnesota to possess or sell certain controlled substances including marijuana, methamphetamines, ecstasy (MDMA), PCP, cocaine and other narcotics including prescription drugs, such as Oxytocin. Minnesota law defines “sell” as to sell, give away, barter, deliver, exchange, distribute or dispose of to another, or to manufacture, or to possess with the intent to sell. All drug crime charges are felonies with the exception of possessing a small amount of marijuana.
Punishments for persons convicted of a drug crime can include prison or jail sentence, heavy fines, probation, drug counseling, community service and treatment admittance. The seriousness of the charges is based on the type of drug and the amount possessed or sold.
Drug crimes fall into varying categories:
If you or a loved one has been charged with a controlled substance crime, contact an attorney experienced in handling drug cases, Eric J. Olson. In certain circumstances, an experienced lawyer will be able to keep the conviction off your record, expunged and sealed so as not to appear on background checks.
At Olson Defense, we focus on a variety of drug crime defenses:
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug possession
- Drug sale
- Drug distribution
- Drug cultivation
Penalties for drug-related offenses revolve around a variety of circumstances, such as:
- Involvement of weapons
- Type of drug(s)
- Prior convictions of the offender
- Involvement of children
- Related crimes such as robbery or assault
- Amount of drug(s)
- Legal or illegal methods used to obtain a search warrant
- Identity of the informant
- Appropriate or inappropriate police procedures
- Discrepancies between police accusations and evidence
Depending on the charges and past convictions, individuals convicted of a felony drug crime may face varying degrees of consequences, including:
- Ability to find housing
- Ability to receive financial aid
- Ability to obtain or continue to possess a professional license, such as nursing, etc.
- Loss of right to vote
- Loss of right to possess firearms
- Revocation of driver's license (the court is required to notify the commissioner of public safety if you possessed or sold controlled substances while driving a motor vehicle)
- Vehicle forfeiture (if vehicle was used to possess or sell controlled substances from, or if it is believed that the vehicle was purchased using proceeds from the sale of drugs)
- Mandatory prison or jail time (if previously convicted of a controlled substance crime)
At Olson Defense, we work with private investigators, chemical dependency evaluators, mental health professionals and other providers to put our clients in the best light and address any chemical dependency issues our clients may have.
Mr. Olson can explain your rights and options if you have been arrested for a drug crime, even if you have been arrested on mere suspicion. Never attempt to represent yourself or accept a plea bargain without first consulting with a trusted attorney. Avoid heavy penalties and a criminal record by talking with Mr. Olson at your free consultation.
Charged with a drug crime? Contact Eric J. Olson today for a free case consultation at 952.835.1088.