Understanding Drug Charges In Minnesota

Drug possession is often portrayed as a "minor" crime, but Minnesota has taken a tough stance against controlled substances. The state overhauled its drug laws in 2016 and created five categories of classification for drug possession, based on the amount found on the defendant or under their control. Penalties for drug charges range from $200 and a drug education requirement for possession of a small amount of marijuana, to 40 years in prison and $1 million in fines for the most serious drug possession cases.

At Migala Law Office, we have handled many drug crime cases, and our lawyers are well-versed in the state's updated legal code. Whether you are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, drug possession, possession with intent to distribute or drug trafficking, we can review the prosecution's case and discover its weaknesses. We will work with you to construct a vigorous drug possession defense and seek an optimal outcome for you.

A Quick Overview Of New State Drug Laws

Minnesota changed its laws related to drug crimes in 2016, as part of an effort to distinguish between those addicted to drugs and those who were profiting from the sale of narcotics. Here are some of the most important changes:

  • The minimum threshold amount for substances in each classification was increased in many cases, except for marijuana, which saw many threshold limits decrease for each classification.
  • A gross misdemeanor possession offense was created, which provides a nonfelony classification for first-time defendants possessing smaller amounts of controlled substances.
  • A classification of "aggravated first-degree" offenses was created to enhance the penalties of those with repeated, serious drug convictions.
  • Mandatory minimum sentences can be triggered by factors that include gun possession, prior first- or second-degree drug convictions, or an aggravated first-degree offense.

Do Not Delay — Contact Our Offices Today

Drug crimes can carry steep fines and long prison terms. Our attorneys will fight to defend your due process rights and protect your freedom. Call our St. Cloud office today at 320-227-6456, or email us via our convenient online form.