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Twin Cities Drug Possession Defense Lawyer

Possession / Distribution of a Controlled Substance

If you have been arrested for drug possession in the Twin Cities, working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help ensure that you are able to protect your rights, your freedom and your future. If you have been arrested with only a small amount of a controlled substance, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking it's "not that big of a deal". While you may be offered a plea bargain to plead guilty and simply pay a fine, that is not neccesarily the end of the story. There are several possible lasting effects of a drug charge conviction including but not limited to:

  • Limited future employment (no more clean background checks)
  • Increased insurance premiums
  • Drivers license suspension (if you were arrested in your car)
  • Fines and other Administrative Penalties
  • Jailtime and Probation

What are my options for defending myself?

It's common for people who have been charged with a drug possession to give in and assume that they are guilty and that is no way to reduce or eliminate the charges. The fact is, this type of approach can lead to the worse possible outcome of your drug possession case. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can make a significant impact on your case whether you are fighting the charges, or working with a prosecutor to plead to lesser charges in exchange for a guilty plea.

An Experienced Twin Cities Lawyer Can Fight Your Drug Charges:

There are a number of potential defenses to a drug possession charge. There are cases where search and seizure issues come into play and we can argue that the police never should have been allowed to gather evidence against you. There are also cases where the "chain of evidence" can be called in to question, which can result in that evidence not being allowed in court. Obviously, a drug possession charge is almost entirely based on the evidence gathered against you, so if there is a legal means to get the sample throw out of court, it does not leave much for the prosecutor to work with. Recently you may have heard about some of the problems that some of the Minnesota crime labs (labs where evidence is tested) have been experiencing. There are instances where we can call the work done in the laboratory into question which can result in the evidence against you being thrown out.

An Experienced Twin Cities Lawyer Can Help You Get a Better Deal:

One of the things that makes a drug possession charge, or any criminal charge, so overwhelming is that you are unfamiliar with the entire process. If the prosecutor is offering a lessened charge, Harvey Skees can help you understand if taking that deal is in your best interest, or if you should make a counter-offer to the prosecutor to get a better deal. Experience and familiarity with the system goes a long way and can be the difference between a your case becoming a long-lasting nightmare, or the case being quickly resolved with the best possible outcome.

Is Marijuana / Pot Possession Really that big of a deal?

Minnesota has decriminalized marijuana possession. That means that possession of less than 42.5 grams (just over 1.5 ounces) is a misdemeanor. Generally, that means you will only be facing a fine. While you will have a controlled substance charge on your record, you will likely not have any jail time or loose your license.

Marijuana in a car IS A BIG DEAL.

If you are arrested with marijuana (or any other drug or controlled substance) in an automobile, it becomes a much more serious crime. Marijuana or other drugs found in your car can result in the loss of your license and much more drastic consequences than a simple possession.

Arrested for Possession? Call Today.

If you have been arrested (either in a car or with simple possession) call Harvey Skees for a free initial consultation.

Free Initial Consultation - Call Today To Learn More

If you are facing a drug charge in Minnesota, time is not on your side. While the process can all seem very intimidating and confusing, it's important to take the first step towards defending yourself as soon as possible. I provide a free initial consultation over the phone, in my office or over email where I can help you get a better idea of the drug charge process in Minnesota, and how to best defend you from your drug charges.