Are you going to jail for four years if you get convicted of drug possession charges in Michigan? The short answer is, almost certainly not. No criminal defense lawyer can make promises like that, but you should know the facts. Every crime — including drug possession — carries a maximum penalty. For drug possession of certain drugs the maximum penalty is up to four years in prison. For possession of marijuana it is up to one year or 93 days depending on how the prosecutor charges your case.
With more than 20 years experience, at The Law Office of Steven L. Schwartz practicing criminal defense in Oakland County, Michigan, we have only rarely seen a drug possession case get the maximum sentence. Even so, the penalties for a drug possession conviction can be very serious and you should not take criminal drug possession charges lightly.
There are also driver's license sanctions for possession of marijuana. When you contact The Law Office of Steven L. Schwartz, we will do our best to enable you to keep your driver's license through fierce negotiation. We have over more than 20 years' experience in helping clients keep their driver's licenses.
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The immediate penalty for a drug possession conviction may be as minor as a fine and probation. However, consider the other consequences of a drug possession conviction. The following consequences apply to any drug possession conviction, even a first offense:
- The federal government can deny you student financial aid and federal housing assistance like Section 8.
- Potential employers will see the conviction on your criminal record if they do a background check.
- Any future drug crimes conviction will carry more serious penalties.
- Canada can deny you entry at the border.
At The Law Office of Steven L. Schwartz, we believe that every individual deserves an aggressive, intelligent defense. Clients of our office work directly with veteran criminal defense lawyer Steven L. Schwartz, an AV-rated* attorney who has been a Michigan criminal defense lawyer for over 20 years.
We work with clients accused of possession of any type of illegal drug or controlled substance:
- Marijuana possession
- Ecstasy possession
- Possession of crystal meth
- Possession of heroin
- Possession of crack cocaine
- Illegal possession of prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin or Percocet
If you are a first-time offender, we may be able to get you a deferred sentence under Michigan's MCL 333.7411 law. If the judge in your case agrees, you can go on probation instead of receiving a conviction. If you complete the probation according to the terms, then the charges against you are dismissed and stay off your criminal record.Fight Back Against a Drug Possession Arrest
Depending on the quantity seized, the police or prosecutor may try to prosecute you for conspiracy to deliver drugs, possession with intent to sell, or possession with intent to deliver. Those charges carry even harsher penalties.
Get help as soon as possible from a dedicated and knowledgeable Farmington Hills drug possession defense lawyer. Contact us today to find out how we can help.
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