Defending Against Drug Charges in Minneapollis
Fighting drug possession, distribution, trafficking and manufacturing charges
Since 1986, Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC in Minneapolis has successfully defended individuals facing serious drug offenses at both the state and federal levels. We analyze all the evidence against you, but we do not stop there. We also carefully probe into the police procedures used from stopping and searching your vehicle to entering and searching your home. We examine the underlying assumptions and actions that led police to place you under investigation. If informants have been involved, we challenge their testimony against you and expose it for what it is — untrustworthy.
Limit what you say to arresting police officers, because anything you say can and will be held against you. Instead, ask to speak with your attorney. Even one drug crime conviction could change your life forever.
Minnesota drug laws intended to crack down on possession
Minnesota takes drug crimes very seriously. Knowing or intentionally possessing a controlled substance that is listed on a long list of substances, including opiates, hallucinogens, marijuana, salvia, spice, methamphetamines and many more, may be a felony offense, punishable by up to four years, a fine up to $25,000 or both, for less than 25 grams; or up to life imprisonment, a $1 million fine or both for possession of 1,000 grams or more.
Defending against drug possession charges
Minnesota and federal drug laws prohibit possession of illegal controlled substances, including:
Penalties vary depending on the type and amount of the drug or drugs involved. A repeated offense and/or proximity to a school, housing project or day-care center will also increase punishment.
Defending against drug distribution, trafficking and manufacturing charges
We take an aggressive stance when we advocate for our clients in state and federal courts. We have to, because the government uses extensive legislative and law enforcement resources to build strong cases against drug dealers. Their goal is to put offenders behind bars for a long time. Our courtroom experience, gained over the course of more than 20 years, can work to your advantage. We can anticipate the prosecution.
Drug crime penalties could include long prison sentences, hefty fines, forfeiture of assets, search and seizure of property and deportation. If you are under investigation by state or federal authorities, you need seasoned legal counsel to minimize your risk and maintain your freedom.
We routinely handle cases involving:
- Drug distribution — The process of systematically selling narcotics to a network of buyers
- Drug trafficking — The sale and distribution of illegal drugs over state lines or national borders, including use of the U.S. Postal Service, federal waters and federal airspace
- Drug manufacturing — Charges could include operating a meth lab, manufacturing illegal prescription drugs, conspiring to manufacture or distribute drugs, growing marijuana, operating or participating in a drug cartel and financing illegal drug manufacturing
Contact us now for your free initial drug crime consultation
If you believe you are under investigation or you have been arrested and charged with a drug crime, contact Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC in Minneapollis. Call us at (612) 605-6020 or contact us online. We are available around the clock to handle emergencies.