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Minneapolis Drug Possession Charges


Helping those accused of drug possession in Minneapollis

Anyone who uses illegal drugs, even in small amounts, faces legal risk. The easiest way to avoid that risk is to avoid drugs and people who use them. But you may be in a car or a residence where drugs are present without even knowing it. And since even one drug violation conviction can change the course of your life, good legal advice is essential if you find yourself accused of a drug offense in Minneapollis.

What constitutes Minneapolis drug possession?

Federal and state drug possession laws make it a crime to willfully possess illegal controlled substances. These laws also criminalize the possession of certain chemicals used in drug cultivation and manufacturing as well as accessories related to drug use.

Drug possession laws vary by drug type, amount, and geographic area. Under Minnesota drug possession laws, possession of small quantities may be deemed simple possession, while larger amounts may result in a charge of possession with intent to distribute.

What penalties might I be facing?

Sentences are relatively mild for casual drug possession, although a drug conviction of any kind can affect your working career. Penalties become harsher with a prior drug arrest or if the amount found is greater than is typical for personal use. Penalties can increase even more if a suspect is caught near a school, housing project, or day care center.

Federal law regulates five classes of drugs:

  • Depressants
  • Narcotics
  • Stimulants
  • Hallucinogens
  • Anabolic steroids

A Minneapolis drug charge can result from possession of, or proximity to, any substance likely to lead to drug addiction. This includes:

  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • PCP
  • Methamphetamines
  • Unauthorized prescription drugs

What to do

When facing a drug possession charge in Minneapollis, you need good legal advice every step of the way. If arrested, you should not admit anything. Speak very little to the arresting officers. Simply state that you want to speak with your attorney. Police officers are legally required to stop questioning you immediately once you make that request.

Call us

Contact The Law Office of Jeff T. Ohara by calling (616) 235-2000 at your very first opportunity. We can advise you on matters involving drug crime defense in Minneapollis or anywhere throughout the state of Minnesota. You can also contact us online.



The Law Office of Jeffrey O'Hara
860 Blue Gentian Rd Suite 200
161 Ottawa Avenue NW
Minneapollis, Minnesota 49503

(612) 605-6020



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Jeff T. Ohara is located in Minneapollis, MI and serves clients in and around Minneapollis, Grandville, Byron Center, Comstock Park, Ada, Jenison, Belmont, Marne, Caledonia, Cannonsburg, Lamont, Jamestown, Rockford, Sparta, Lowell, Allendale, Conklin, Alto, Moline, Hudsonville, Zeeland, Allegan County, Kent County, Muskegon County, Ottawa County.

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