Drug cases are one of the most complicated types of criminal case. First, there are both state and federal laws which regulate controlled substances, and in some instances defendants have found themselves charged with very serious crimes in both forums. Second, there is a complicated schedule of various substances, with some substances falling into multiple categories. Finally, the sentences that can be imposed in drug cases are extremely harsh when compared to sentences imposed for serious violent crimes.
For these reasons, if you find yourself suspected of any drug crime, it is important to defend yourself. With the help of an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney, you can achieve the best possible outcome. At Segal, Roston & Berris, we have helped individuals throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and throughout the state who have been accused of drug crimes.
Minimizing the Damage
Addiction can be a very powerful force. Fortunately there are ways that even those who undeniably possessed illegal controlled substances can avoid any criminal conviction, avoid a felony conviction, or can have the charges reduced. There are several programs, both in and out of the court system, that we have been able to persuade prosecutors and judges to allow in lieu of criminal prosecution. Many of our clients have told us that because of our efforts they have been able to go on to lead happy, productive lives the same as if they had never been charged with a drug crime.
Challenging the State’s Case
There are many defenses that can be used in drug crime cases, depending on the particular circumstances. A skilled defense attorney knows how to use the defenses that are available in order to have the charges reduced or dismissed, or to obtain an acquittal at trial. We have successfully challenged search warrants and warrantless searches, leading to dismissal of charges. We have also been successful in challenging the chemical composition of the alleged controlled substance, challenging the information that an informant provided to police, and even challenging whether or not you knew you were in possession of the substance.
Contact Our Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorneys
Being accused of a drug crime is extremely serious. To learn about how Segal, Roston & Berris can help you, call 612-332-3100 for a free consultation.