Drug Possession Criminal Defense Attorney in St. Paul, MN
It is a personal decision whether to assist the police or face criminal charges. However, you should retain a drug crime attorney in either case.Eric A. Rice
Drug possession is a common but potentially serious crime in Minnesota. You can be charged with drug possession for possessing a variety of controlled substances, including cocaine, heroin, meth, painkillers, and marijuana. In addition, it is not necessary that you actually carry the drugs on your body. You can be charged with drug possession if they are found in your car, your purse or backpack, or your home. In addition, even trying to obtain controlled substances, whether through a sting or using a fraudulent prescription can result in a drug charge.
Here are some common questions for those charged with drug crimes:
Will I go to jail?
Your potential sentence depends on your criminal history and the type and amount of drugs at issue. However, Minnesota offers many first-time offenders the opportunity to do a diversion program or undergo treatment instead of serving jail time. Even if the prosecutor does not offer these options, sometimes your drug crime attorney can request that the judge waive jail time.
How can I be charged if I never held the drugs?
You can be found guilty if you exercised control over the drugs. For example, if they were found in your dresser in your bedroom, the prosecutor would likely say that no one else had access to that area and you likely knew that they were in there. In addition, you could go retrieve them at any moment. It is because of scenarios like this that drug cases are fact-specific and require a good attorney.
The police have offered to drop the charges if I give them information. Should I?
It is a personal decision whether to assist the police or face criminal charges. However, you should retain a drug crime attorney in either case. Even if you decide to cooperate, you want to ensure that you understand what the police are looking for and that charges will actually be dropped if you provide information. In addition, you should know whether the police are merely looking for information or whether they would also want you to participate in controlled buys and other activities.
Find Out What Your Options Are
In addition to these questions, a drug crime attorney can help answer other questions such as: how do you know that the police measured the drugs properly? What defenses are available? What if I didn’t know that drugs were on my property? What sort of treatment program should I do to help my case?
Being charged with a drug crime can carry major consequences, such as loss of employment or imprisonment. Eric Rice understands the stress and anxiety that go with a drug charge. That’s why he offers a no-obligation free consultation to learn more about your situation. Call Eric at (651) 998-9660 to set up a meeting and learn about your options.