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Do I have a defense to my pending drug possession charges?

Defenses exist to drug possession charges, but the defenses that apply to a particular case will greatly depend on the facts of the relevant matter. Not all defenses apply to all cases. Here we will discuss several general drug possession defenses that may be used as an introduction to this otherwise complex area of criminal law.

Men face drug charges after stop for outstanding warrants

Police officers in the nearby Michigan community of Dowagiac recently arrested two individuals after stopping their vehicle and searching them and their property. Apparently the officers involved in the matter spotted the driver of the vehicle and recognized him as an individual with a warrant out for his arrest. Incidental to their arrest of the driver on the outstanding warrant and the arrest of his passenger for a parole violation, the officers searched the vehicle and allegedly found illegal drugs therein.

We know how to fight Michigan drug charges in court


Regardless of laws legalizing marijuana going into effect in some other states, the war on drugs wages on in Michigan. Law enforcement agents and prosecutors still aggressively pursue drug cases, and the penalties handed down to those convicted of drug crimes can be quite severe. Prison is often a reality. So, too, are large fines. But the damage caused to one's reputation can be just as damaging, if not more so. Having a drug conviction on one's record can affect an individual's ability to find employment and housing, and it could even limit their access to college financial aid, thereby dampening their future prospects.

Exceptions to Michigan's drug possession laws


A conviction on a drug possession charge can lead to serious consequences in Michigan. Depending on the drug and quantity involved, these consequences can include prison, fines, and damage to one's reputation. As scary as that may sound, there are defense options available to those who are accused of illegal possession of a controlled substance. Some of these defenses arise from exception in the state's drug laws.

Michigan's discharge and dismissal program for drug offenses


If you are facing drug charges for the first time, you're probably worried about the penalties a conviction can deal to you. You might be afraid of being sent to prison, being forced to pay devastating fines, and having your record marred for years to come. Although these could all be real possibilities, in many cases there are other options. One of these options is a Michigan program called discharge and dismissal.

The various marijuana crimes in Michigan


Some Michigan residents may find themselves breathing a sigh of relief to hear that the country seems to be moving toward a trend of decriminalizing marijuana use and possession. While the law may be trending this way, it is still critical for Michigan residents to realize that marijuana possession, sale and trafficking is still illegal. Although medical marijuana is legal, those who break these and other drug laws pertaining to marijuana can face pretty tough penalties that can drastically impact their future.

Kalamazoo man facing drug charges after search of home


Facing drug charges is no laughing matter, as it could result in serious penalties, including decades behind bars and tens of thousands of dollars in fines, not to mention the damage to a convicted individual's reputation. Thus, the stakes are high in these cases, and aggressive prosecutors will likely pursue the case, armed with legal knowledge and the facts twisted in a way that supports their position. To combat this legal onslaught, those facing allegations of having committed a drug offense should prepare as strong of a criminal defense is as possible under the circumstances.

Michigan legal defense against drug charges


Drug charges in Michigan can have a significant impact on your life. That impact can be exacerbated if you fail to put forth a defense strong enough to confront aggressive prosecutors. The penalties you might face if convicted could include prison, fines and damage to your reputation. You might also find that obtaining a job and housing may be difficult if you have been convicted of a felony. Therefore, if you are facing allegations of drug trafficking, drug possession or another type of drug crime, then you need to prepare a thorough criminal defense in hopes of avoiding as many, if not all, penalties.

Possessing methamphetamine ingredients in Michigan can be illegal


Methamphetamine is a drug that can be made with what were once over-the-counter medications and other ingredients. In an effort to curtail the manufacturing of methamphetamine, law enforcement and regulatory officials have taken steps to reduce the availability of key medications. As a result, many Michiganders may find themselves facing drug charges and the potential for serious penalties when they may not have had any intention at all to create methamphetamine.

Michigan firm fighting for those facing drug charges


Previously, this blog discussed constructive possession as it relates to drug charges and how it can affect a criminal prosecution. This is merely one of a number of drug charges a Michigan resident may face. Nearly all drug offenses carry the potential for significant penalties that can throw your life into disarray in more ways than one. You may be incarcerated and lose your freedom as a result, you might be forced to pay financially damaging fines and your reputation may be affected, impacting your personal and professional lives for years to come.

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