The Newmark Storms Law Office criminal lawyers defend clients against drug crimes (controlled substances) in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The sale of drugs is a very serious crime and can carry long prison sentences and heavy fines. Drug possession is also illegal and carries severe penalties including prison in some cases. Virtually controlled substance charges or “drug crimes” are felonies in the state of Minnesota, with the most common exception being the possession of a small amount of marijuana.
First Degree Controlled Substance
First degree drug crimes are the most serious in Minnesota. There are stipulations for both the sale and possession of controlled substances, usually involving cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, or hallucinogens. This can include marijuana if the amount is great enough or near a public facility. First degree controlled substance crimes carry a sentence of up to 40 years and fines up to $1 million.
Second Degree Controlled Substance
This charge is similar to a first degree charge but with lesser amounts of controlled substances. A second degree drug crime could also come about if the person who bought the drugs was a minor. Penalties for a second degree controlled substance charge include up to 25 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.
Third Degree Controlled Substance
Third degree drug charges usually involve a lesser amount of the controlled substance and a mixture that contains a narcotic drug. Third degree controlled substance charges carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
Fourth Degree Controlled Substance
Again, the fourth degree controlled substance charge is for lesser amounts of the drugs. The sentence is up to 15 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
Fifth Degree Controlled Substance
Fifth degree drug charges are the least serious of the felony drug crimes, but it is just that—a felony. This charge is generally seen for large amounts of marijuana. The sentence carries up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
The actual length of a sentence for a Minnesota drug charge is affected by the person’s prior criminal history. Prosecution for a felony, state, or federal crime is more likely if the case involves any type of trafficking (especially over state lines). Being affiliated with drug dealing gangs or drug cartels will also not help an offender’s case.
The criminal defense team at Newmark Storms, Eric Newmark and Jill Brisbois, use their extensive experience to help client win their drug cases, or mitigate the consequences through their contacts in the justice system. To speak with one of the attorneys at Newmark Storms Law Office about your drug case, please click here.