Minneapolis Drug Charges Lawyer & Criminal Defense Attorney
In Minnesota, arrests and drug crime charges, even against innocent individuals, are still increasing. Having the mention of a drug related crime on your criminal record can have huge negative consequences on your personal and professional life, as well as carry a lengthy prison term. One needs to understand that drug charges are amongst the most serious charges and hence demand professional intervention at the earliest possibility. If you or your loved one has been charged with a drug crime, then call Lynne Torgerson, Esq., of TORGERSON CRIMINAL DEFENSE, Drug Charges Lawyer, as soon as possible. This is crucial, as she can aid you with your defense.
Different Types of Drug Crimes
Some of the common drugs which are often associated with drug charges in Minnesota are:
- Prescription drugs
- Synthetic drugs
Illegal use, possession or distribution of any the above drugs can lead to very serious charges against an individual, which in turn could lead to serious and long lasting consequences and punishments. As with any other serious charge, time is of the essence in drug crimes. It is best to seek the professional advice of a Minnesota drug crimes attorney as soon as possible.
Different Levels of Drug Crimes and Offenses
There are five degrees of felony drug crimes in Minnesota. There are also misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor level drug crimes in Minnesota. They include:
- First Degree Drug Offense/Controlled Substance Crime/Felony
- Second Degree Drug Offense/Controlled Substance Crime/Felony
- Third Degree Drug Offense/Controlled Substance Crime/Felony
- Fourth Degree Drug Offense/Controlled Substance Crime/Felony
- Fifth Degree Drug Offense/Controlled Substance Crime/Felony
- Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle/Misdemeanor
- Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana/Petty Misdemeanor
- Possession of Paraphernalia/Petty Misdemeanor
While possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle is a misdemeanor, the other five degrees of drug offenses are considered felonies. If a person is convicted of misdemeanor possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, a person's drivers license is revoked or suspended. In Minnesota, a petty misdemeanor is not considered a crime. Under federal law however, a petty misdemeanor is considered a crime.
Drug Crime Punishments
As with any other felonious crime, the penalties associated with drug crime charges are quite severe. A felonious drug conviction can result in imprisonment of up to 30 or 40 years and/or a fine of up to $1,000,000 or more. A federal drug offense can result in a life sentence. Whatever be the degree of the charge, if it is linked to drugs, it is highly recommended that you hire the services of an experienced drug crime attorney. One needs to understand that even a bit of delay or incompetence can lead to very grave consequences. It is best to hire a reputed Minnesota attorney without any further delay. Lynne Torgerson, Esq. has been handling drug cases with success for over 27 years. As a lawyer of repute and extensive legal knowledge, experience and expertise, she has gained a thorough insight into the legal defenses associated with a drug crime charge. She understands the consequences of a drug crime conviction and is dedicated towards providing you with excellent legal representation in a court of law. If you are looking for a lawyer of excellence, a drug crime attorney, call the law office of Lynne Torgerson for a free consultation right now!
Major victory by Drug Charges Lawyer Lynne Torgerson! 82 grams of methamphetamine charge dismissed
Criminal defense lawyer, drug charges lawyer, Lynne Torgerson, Esq., her client was charged with 1st degree possession of 82 grams of methamphetamine. He/she, the client, had a lengthy criminal history, with a criminal history point score of 6 or more. A conviction for same would thusly likely result in a very lengthy prison sentence. A lengthy contested omnibus hearing was litigated, with several witnesses, about 10, testifying. A squad video was also introduced as evidence, which shows the initial encounter of the vehicle containing four (4) occupants, the stop seizure, the searching of the car, the arrest, the seizure of the container containing 82 grams of methamphetamine. Ms. Torgerson raised issues of probable cause for the charge, and, Fourth Amendment suppression issues. The trial court took the matter under advisement. The trial court then issued an opinion dismissing the 1st degree controlled substance crime charge on the grounds that the State had failed to establish probable cause to believe Lynne Torgerson's client possessed the methamphetamine. Attorney Lynne Torgerson therefore won the dismissal of this 1st degree possession of methamphetamine case. This result has removed the threat of many years in prison for her client. Bravo Ms. Torgerson!
Felony drug crime charge - successful defense
Ms. Torgerson recently obtained a successful resolution on drug charges. Her client was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Very fortunately, Ms. Torgerson successfully obtained an agreement where the charge and conviction could be kept of her client’s record entirely, thus protecting his future. There was no conviction. Excellent result Ms. Torgerson!
Minnesota drug laws
Ms. Torgerson, a criminal defense lawyer, represents people charged with drug crimes. Drug crimes, upon conviction, can carry some of the longest sentences in the criminal justice system, especially where sales of drugs are involved. In Minnesota, drug offenses are called controlled substance crimes. They usually involve charges of possession or sale of drugs or such as methamphetamine, heroin, crack, cocaine, mushrooms, marijuana, or possession of paraphernalia, and the like.
There are different degrees of drug crimes in the State of Minnesota. There are felonies, and, misdemeanors.
Felony drug charges
The most serious at the felony level is 1st degree controlled substance offense. For the most serious felony drug offenses, the maximum amount of time a defendant may face is 30 to 40 years in prison. At the state level in Minnesota, there is also 2nd degree controlled substance crime, as well as 3rd, 4th, and 5th.
Possession or sale of a controlled substance; giving away and sharing of drugs...Beware!
The law also distinguishes between possession and sale. Possession can be actual, or, constructive. Actual possession is where you have an illegal substance on you. Constructive possession is where you can exercise dominion or control over the illegal drug. Penalties are more severe for sales and manufacturing offenses. Please note! Giving away and sharing a drug constitutes a sale, under the definition of the statute.
Misdemeanor drug crimes
There are also misdemeanor level drug offenses. The most serious misdemeanor drug related offense is probably driving with marijuana in your motor vehicle. This can cause a revocation of your drivers license, a terrible inconvenience.
The most common drugs in drug offenses are methamphetamine, crack, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, synthetic drugs, and mushrooms.
Informants and “cooperation”
Informants are also often used in drug cases. Beware of everyone with whom you are dealing, because they may currently be working against you, or, may do so in the future. This can involve wearing a recording device, engaging you in a "controlled buy," or testifying against you in court. Law enforcement often use informants. This usually occurs after someone has been arrested, and then they wish to try and cooperate, to get rid of potential charges, or, avoid going to prison.
Also, beware of “cooperating” to get a lesser a sentence, or not be charged, etc. Often times, Drug Task Force agents make promises, that they do not later fulfill. It is a good idea to get all cooperation agreements in writing, through your lawyer. If you don’t, it is very likely that later you will regret it.
Sometimes we are also able to work out settlement agreements where a felony will not go on your record. Other times, it is to keep people from going to prison, or, from going to jail.
Lynne Torgerson began working in the criminal defense area in 1988, now approximately 29 years. She has extensive experience in this area, and, has standards of excellence. Please give her a call at (612) 339-5073 for representation in your case!
Minnesota Drug Attorney & Criminal Defense Lawyer: Territories of representation
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Contact Lynne Torgerson, Esq. today at 612-339-5073 for a free consultation. Our law firm can help you with our qualified Drug Charges Lawyer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.