Drug Crimes

Drugs are highly regulated in the state of Minnesota. The legislature has created numerous criminal laws to deter the unlawful possession, sale and use of various drugs, otherwise known as "controlled substances," such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, LSD, oxycodone and morphine, to name a few.

All felony drug charges in Minnesota are serious matters that will have a major impact on your life. The severity of the felony drug charges increase from fifth degree at the low end of the spectrum to first degree at the high end. The severity of the charge often depends on three key factors:

  • The amount of the controlled substance
  • The type of controlled substance
  • Whether the person sold or merely possessed the controlled substance

No matter what level of drug crime you've been charged with, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to guide you through the criminal court system and protect you from the immense power that the government holds over you. The attorneys at Meshbesher & Associates understand the stress our clients feel. We're here to help in many ways. We can work to help you stay out of jail or prison, keep your record clean and get you headed back in the right direction. We're also here to make sure that you understand what's going on every step of the way.

Minnesota's drug laws are meant to protect the public welfare and individual health of the citizens of our state. However, they can be applied incorrectly or abused by those in charge of prosecuting them. There are five levels of felony drug crimes defined by Minnesota Statutes Chapter 152:

  • Controlled Substance Crime in the First Degree
  • Controlled Substance Crime in the Second Degree
  • Controlled Substance Crime in the Third Degree
  • Controlled Substance Crime in the Fourth Degree
  • Controlled Substance Crime in the Fifth Degree

Controlled Substance Crime In The Fifth Degree

Minnesota Statute Section 152.025 outlines all of the circumstances that are considered controlled substance crimes in the fifth degree. The most common are:

  • Selling any amount of marijuana
  • Obtaining any amount of any controlled substance through deception or dishonesty

Controlled Substance Crime In The Fourth Degree

Minnesota Statute Section 152.024 outlines all of the circumstances that are considered controlled substance crimes in the fourth degree. The most common are:

  • Selling any amount of a Schedule I-III controlled substance, other than marijuana
  • Selling any amount of marijuana in a school zone, park zone, public housing zone or drug treatment facility
  • Possessing any amount of a Schedule I-III controlled substance with the intent to sell it, except for marijuana

Controlled Substance Crime In The Third Degree

Minnesota Statute Section 152.023 outlines all of the circumstances that are considered controlled substance crimes in the third degree. The most common are:

  • Selling any amount of a "narcotic drug"
  • Selling five kilograms or more of marijuana within a 90-day period
  • Possessing 3 or more grams of cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine within a 90-day period

Controlled Substance Crime In The Second Degree

Minnesota Statute Section 152.022 outlines all of the circumstances that are considered controlled substance crimes in the second degree. The most common are:

  • Selling 3 or more grams of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine within a 90-day period
  • Selling 25 kilograms or more of marijuana within a 90-day period
  • Possessing 6 grams or more of cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin

Controlled Substance Crime In The First Degree

Minnesota Statute Section 152.021 outlines all of the circumstances that are considered controlled substance crimes in the fifth degree. The most common are:

  • Selling 10 grams or more of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine within a 90-day period
  • Possessing 25 grams or more of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine
  • Manufacturing any amount of methamphetamine

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The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Meshbesher & Associates have a proven track record of successfully defending drug charges through dismissals, diversion or reduced charges. More than that, we are well aware of the stress and fear our clients face when charged with a serious felony. We will guide you through your case and make sure that all of your questions are answered. We work tirelessly on your case so that you can rest easily knowing that every possible measure has been taken to obtain a favorable outcome. Contact us immediately by phone, email or instant message. We're ready to start defending your case today.