Michigan Controlled Substance Act-Grand Rapids Drug Defense Lawyer
Have You or Someone You Know Been Accused of Possession or Use of Marijuana?
Marijuana is illegal in Michigan. It is considered a controlled substance and it is a serious offense even if you are charged only with possession or use of marijuana. For instance, in the case of possession, it does not matter how much marijuana you have at the time of your arrest.
If you are charged with possession of marijuana you could receive a potential sentence of up to one year in jail and fines of $2,000. If this is your first offense, you may qualify for a special deferred sentence under MCLA 333.7411. An important aspect of the 7411 treatment is that you do not lose your drivers license.
In Michigan, if convicted of possession or use of marijuana and you do not successfully negotiate under 7411, you lose your driving privileges for six (6) months on a first offense. Second and subsequent offenses enhance that penalty. The Law Offices of Gerald R. Stahl defends people charged with the possession and use of marijuana in courts throughout Western Michigan.
Charged with Manufacturing, Delivery or Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana?
If you have been charged with any of these items, you are facing a felony and much stiffer penalties than a simple possession or use charge. You can be charged with intent to distribute for almost any amount of marijuana. However, if you are caught with larger quantities, the potential penalties and sentences are much more severe.
Search and Seizure Issues in Michigan
Some of the major issues with a marijuana charge involve search and seizure. The question here is whether or not there was a search with a valid warrant, or whether or not the police had probable cause to search at the time of the discovery of the controlled substance. Issues such as search and seizure require the skills of a lawyer who can argue Michigan and Supreme Court case law as well as other factors
Drug profiling is the practice by certain police agencies or FBI wherein they use certain personal characteristics and traits to identify people who are more likely to possess controlled substances. For instance, a young male in his early 20’s with long hair, earrings and baggy pants is more likely to be searched at a border, than a retired insurance salesperson in a suit who is well groomed. In another example, a group of teenagers is pulled over for speeding on their way to a rock concert. The police officer stops and notices four young people in a car smoking cigarettes and asks where they are going. The four individuals then indicate that they are going to a rock concert. At that point, the police officer is more likely to ask for consent to search than if he stopped a little old lady for speeding on her way to Bingo.
Drugs Other than Marijuana that Result in Serious Felony Charges in Michigan
Possession or Use of Analogue Drugs is Illegal in Michigan
Analogue Drug use is a misdemeanor in Michigan. If you are convicted of this crime, you could go to jail for up to one year, pay a fine of up to $1,000 or both.
Possession of an Analogue Drug is a felony in Michigan. If you are convicted of this crime, you could go to prison for up to two years, pay a fine of up to $2,000 or both.
Creation of an Analogue Drug, Manufacture of an Analogue Drug, Delivery of an Analogue Drug, and Possession of an Analogue Drug with the Intent to Deliver the Analogue Drug are all felony drug crimes in Michigan. If convicted of any of these crimes, you could go to prison for up to 15 years, pay a fine of up to $250,000 or both.
Even a conviction for a Designer Drug crime will result in your Michigan driving privileges being suspended.
“Better Call Stahl” Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer
Gerald R Stahl is an experienced Grand Rapids drug defense lawyer. He routinely represents defendants charged with drug offenses in Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Barry and Newaygo Counties. Gerald R Stahl is conveniently located in Grand Rapids on East Beltline near the 63rd District Court. Call for a confidential appointment at 616-456-7372.
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