Birmingham Drug Possession Lawyer
Even considering the efforts to legalize and decriminalize marijuana across the US, there are serious consequences for drug possession in Michigan. Depending on the type and quantity of controlled substances, you could face severe criminal sanctions for a conviction. With more than 45,000 drug-related crime incidents reported in the state in 2017, you can be sure that law enforcement is cracking down on these offenses. Still, you do have rights, and a Birmingham drug possession lawyer can guide you through the criminal process.
At the office of Paul J. Tafelski, our criminal defense lawyers have the skills and dedication to protect your interests when faced with drug possession charges. We have more than a decade of experience representing clients like you, so we are dedicated to getting the best possible outcome in court. Please contact our firm to schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable Birmingham drug possession attorney today.
Michigan Law on Drug Possession
Though the penalties for drug trafficking and distribution are severe, possession of a controlled substance is still a serious crime. Michigan recognizes that certain drugs are considered more serious than others, especially when a person has possession over larger quantities. For this reason, there are multiple factors that affect a case involving drug possession.
Schedule of Controlled Substances
State law places a drug on a schedule based upon a scale of severity, with Schedules 1 and 2 being the most serious. Looking at the potential for abuse and medically accepted use in treatment, the controlled substance will appear on one of these two lists.
Amount of the Drug in Your Possession
The sliding scale of drug possession laws in Michigan also takes into account the weight of the controlled substance you are carrying.
Sample Sentences for Drug Possession Conviction
For purposes of illustration, the potential sentences you face for drug possession of a Schedule 1 or 2 drug may include:
- 1,000 Grams or More: Life imprisonment, a maximum fine of $1 million, or both;
- 450-999 Grams: 30 years in prison, a fine up to $500,000, or both;
- 50-449 Grams: A fine up to $250,000 and a prison term up to 20 years; and,
- Under 50 Grams: A maximum of four years in prison, plus a maximum fine of $25,000.
Your Rights in a Michigan Drug Possession Case
Even when the charges against you seem serious, it is important to remember that you have key constitutional rights, including:
- The right to remain silent during questioning;
- Protections against unreasonable search or seizure, without a warrant supported by probable cause;
- The right to retain an attorney to represent you; and,
- Many others.
Violations of any of these constitutional rights may be grounds to have your case dismissed entirely. For other misconduct by police, you may be able to have evidence declared inadmissible in court. Often, this can result in a dismissal of the charges because there is insufficient evidence to convict you.
Rely on a Birmingham Drug Possession Lawyer for Your Defense
If you were arrested for drug possession in Michigan and want to hear more about your rights, please contact the offices of Paul J. Tafelski at (248) 221-1060 or via our website. We can set up a consultation to review your circumstances and get started on a legal strategy for your defense.