Drug Crimes Lawyer St. Paul, MN
Because drug crimes vary greatly and often are based on fact-specific charges, a good attorney is essential to ensure that you get the best result.Eric A. Rice
If you are charged with a drug crime for possession or distribution, please contact experienced drug crime attorney Eric Rice at (651) 998-9660 for a free consultation. Eric Rice is a Harvard grad who has handled drug charges across Minnesota.
A person can be charged with a number of drug crimes. Under Minnesota law, it is illegal to possess, use, sell, or attempt to procure many controlled substances. The severity of drug crimes varies greatly. Some, like possession of a small amount of marijuana, are treated as petty misdemeanors, while sale of drugs can carry lengthy prison sentences. Because drug crimes vary greatly and often are based on fact-specific charges, a good attorney is essential to ensure that you get the best result.
Here are some common concerns about drug crimes:
Will I go to jail for a drug crime?
Whether you go to jail depends on a number of factors, including the specific charge and your criminal history. Lesser drug crimes, such as petty misdemeanors and misdemeanors may result in no jail time while major felonies could result in years of prison. The sentence you receive depends on your particular matter, and a drug crime attorney can work with you to ensure you receive a strong defense and complete the proper treatment programs to give you the best chance for a low sentence.
How will a drug charge affect my job, education, etc.?
Drug crimes carry many collateral consequences, including loss of employment, disqualification from housing benefits, and inability to get education funding. In addition, a drug crime can automatically disqualify you from certain lines of work, such as law enforcement. Because of these collateral consequences you need to know all of the consequences before you resolve your criminal case. It is often very difficult to fix a problem after a plea has been entered. Make sure you get an attorney to advise you of all the consequences of a drug charge.
What defenses are available for a drug charge?
There are many defenses that are available for a drug charge. Whether a particular defense is available in your case is fact-specific, however, and will require the advice of an attorney. Some common defenses include: improper stop and search by the police, improper search warrant, use of statement without providing Miranda warning, lack of probable cause, inability to show possession or sale, entrapment, and improper verification that items were controlled substances. In addition, a drug crime attorney can help pursue other options, such as diversion, cooperation with the police, or requesting a reduced sentence.
Do you need a drug crime attorney?
An attorney is usually the best option to handle a drug crime. In addition the above questions, an attorney can assist with reducing your bail, suppressing evidence, getting your case ready for trial, getting a downward departure sentence, or entering a diversion program to avoid having the charge on your record.
Eric Rice handles a large number of drug crimes and can assist in the following areas:
Eric knows that facing a drug crime can be a stressful time with many unanswered questions and concerns. Call Eric today at (651) 998-9660 to schedule a free consultation to learn how he can help manage your case and ensure you get the best defense available.a