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How the Type of Drug Impacts Your Charge in Minnesota
How the Type of Drug Impacts Your Charge in Minnesota
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If you are facing drug charges in Minnesota, the type and amount of the drug you are accused of possessing will drastically affect the sentencing.

 

Here, we’re going to explain the degrees of drug crimes and their penalties, and how contacting an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help.

 

Controlled substances in our state are divided into five different groups, or schedules, with different penalties depending on the type of drug in question. Here is a breakdown


Which Drugs Have the Harshest Possession Penalties in Minnesota?
Which Drugs Have the Harshest Possession Penalties in Minnesota?
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Drug crimes are some of the most commonly charged offenses in our state. In fact, the majority of inmates in both state and federal Minnesota prisons are serving sentences for drug-related offenses.

 

Our state penalizes drug possession by the type and amount of controlled substance(s) the defendant is alleged to be in possession of. In general, drugs with the highest potential for abuse and adverse effects (for example, heroin) are most harshly penalized.

 

Although drug crimes are


With MN Drug Crackdown in Full Swing, Know How to Fight Charges
With MN Drug Crackdown in Full Swing, Know How to Fight Charges
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Minnesota law enforcement is working hard to crack down on drug trafficking. In Duluth, a dozen defendants were recently indicted on federal drug trafficking charges. An additional 17 defendants face state felony drug trafficking charges, and up to 40 total arrests are expected in a massive heroin ring bust.

 

The defendants are accused of working in a supply loop between Chicago, the Twin Cities, and Duluth, and Superior, Wis. Several federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies worked together


MN Law Enforcement Officials Must Follow New Synthetic Drug Procedures
MN Law Enforcement Officials Must Follow New Synthetic Drug Procedures
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The United States is facing a public health emergency with the current opioid epidemic, and our state is struggling with its own opioid crisis as well.

 

In the last year, our country lost 64,070 people to drug overdoses – a 21 percent increase over the previous year. What’s responsible for the dramatic increase?

 

While drug overdose deaths continue to go up year after year for heroin, other natural opioids, cocaine, and psychostimulants with abuse potential, one group of


With More Drug-Sniffing Dogs in Minnesota, Know Your Rights
With More Drug-Sniffing Dogs in Minnesota, Know Your Rights
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Drug addiction in the United States is being called an epidemic, and a number of states – including our own – are trying to fight that epidemic any way they can.

 

To that end, the Minnesota State Patrol is adding three new K-9s to sniff out drugs on potential suspects. The new dogs – one German shorthair and two Belgian Malinois –have just finished their 10-week training program and will now join their handlers for another five weeks


Minnesota Drug Sentencing Guidelines to Stay the Same
Minnesota Drug Sentencing Guidelines to Stay the Same
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If you follow the news, you may have heard about a proposal that would affect the consequences of minor drug offenses in our state.

 

Prior drug offenses can add years onto a person’s sentence, even if they have served their time and the offense was committed years in the past. In August, a proposal was made to change the way that these past drug offenses affect sentencing. Under the proposal, prior drug offenses would have less of an impact,


Drug Possession, Sale, and Trafficking: What’s the Difference?
Drug Possession, Sale, and Trafficking: What’s the Difference?
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If you are arrested for a drug crime, you may be surprised by the charge that you actually end up facing. Depending on the weight of the drugs allegedly involved and the other circumstances, you may face more jail time and a higher charge.

 

For example, even if you are not caught in a sale, the weight of drugs involved could bump up your charge to a sale (or even trafficking) offense.

 

So how are drug crimes defined


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