Drug Crimes Defense Attorney in Minnesota
Drug crimes in Minnesota are taken seriously and, as such, carry significant and far-reaching consequences. From jail or prison time to hefty fines to probation to court-ordered community service and rehabilitation, being convicted of a controlled substance crime in Minnesota can change your life forever.
If you are facing a Minnesota drug charges, it is imperative to contact a skilled Minnesota drug crime lawyer immediately who can help you understand the complicated nature of drug charges in Minnesota as well as help you prepare a defense that protects your rights and gives you the best possible outcome.
Our highly competent and successful Minneapolis drug crime defense lawyers effectively handle all drug crimes including:
- Prescription abuse
Minnesota’s Degrees of Drug Possession and Sale Crimes
In Minnesota, there are five degrees of drug crimes: first- through fifth-degree, each of which carries strict penalties including hefty fines and long prison terms. All Minnesota controlled substance crimes are felonies except for fifth-degree possession which is typically a gross misdemeanor; however, there are cases in which this would become a felony.
These degrees are based on the type of drug, substance, or chemical as well as the amount involved. There are five schedules which classify these substances based on their medically accepted use, abuse risk, and potential for physical or psychological dependency.
Schedule I controlled substances are those drugs, chemicals, or substances with no currently accepted medical use as well as a high potential for abuse. These include heroin, LSD, Ecstasy, and peyote. Even though marijuana is currently considered a Schedule I controlled substance, the acceptance of medical marijuana for certain conditions and the recent push toward legalizing recreational marijuana possession has resulted in its being considered a bit differently.
Schedule II substances are those with a high potential for abuse with potentially serious physical and/or psychological dependence. Schedule II controlled substances include cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, meperidine, oxycodone, fentanyl, Ritalin, Adderall, and combination substances with less than 15 mg of hydrocodone.
Schedule III controlled substances are drugs with a moderate to low potential for physical and/or psychological dependence and a lesser potential for abuse than Schedule I and II drugs. These include products containing less than 90 mg of codeine such as Tylenol with codeine, as well as ketamine, testosterone, and anabolic steroids.
Schedule IV drugs include drugs with both a low potential for abuse and risk of physical and/or psychological dependence such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Ambien, Darvocet, and Tramadol, to name a few.
Finally, Schedule V drugs are those with the lowest potential for abuse and dependence that have very limited quantities of certain drugs. These include cough syrups with less than 200 mg of codeine like Robitussin AC, as well as other drugs like Lyrica and Lomotil.
Our Minnesota Criminal Defense Team
If you have been charged with a Minnesota controlled substance crime, consulting with an experienced, trustworthy, and knowledgeable Minnesota criminal defense attorney is critical. We here at Kans Law Firm L.L.C. will strive to ensure that you understand your charges and potential penalties through an honest assessment of your case.
Our skilled Minneapolis criminal defense attorneys—along with our founding member Doug Kans who was a former state prosecutor and who provides unparalleled insight—rely on state-of-the-art and cutting-edge technology, expert witness testimony, and other strong evidentiary practices to help you navigate your Minnesota drug crime case and obtain the best possible outcome.
Contact us today
We represent clients throughout Minnesota and the Twin Cities area. If you are facing a Minnesota drug charge, you deserve an experienced, knowledgeable, aggressive defense from a successful and skilled Minnesota criminal lawyer. Our firm has more than 15 years of experience defending people just like you. Contact us at (952) 835-6314 for a free consultation
Degrees of Controlled Substance Abuse:
First Degree Controlled Substance Charges
Second Degree Controlled Substance Charges
Third Degree Controlled Substance Charges
Fourth Degree Controlled Substance Charges
Fifth Degree Controlled Substance Charges