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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.

I take pride in HIGHLY recommending to you a very exceptional & deserving Attorney, Eric A. Rice. Eric is extremely professional and he has a wonderful blend of analytical and inter personal skills. Eric demonstrated extraordinary diligence and perseverance throughout the court case; his meticulous approach resulted into a dismissal of our case. On behalf of all involved in this case, we are very grateful that Eric was referred to us and HIGHLY recommend him. Eric, you rock!A.M.
[Eric] never failed to return my calls. Together we developed a strong defense. When in court, Eric was nothing but a professional's professional. I was absolutely impressed and amazed on how much respect he demanded from the Judge and the prosecution. He quickly and surprisingly had my case dismissed. I even got a veiled apology from the prosecution. The guy's a winner and will be one for a very long time.K.M.
I am happy to recommend Eric Rice as a highly competent, very responsive and thorough attorney. He possesses compassion and is easy to communicate with. My case was resolved to my complete satisfaction.L.D.
Eric made sure that I fully understood what took place and why. He also told me that even though his job was done, that should I have questions in the future to feel free to call him. I just can't say enough good things about him. I thank God that we found him and will never be able to truely explained how blessed I felt to have him represent my son. If you are considering hireing Eric, I would highly recommend him. I hope that I will never need his services again but I will hire him again should I need him.Tammie