Whatever drug you are accused of possessing, manufacturing, or trafficking in Michigan, we are here to help. Melton Law Firm will aggressively defend you in any Michigan state or federal court. We will work hard on your behalf. You will be informed every step of the way and you will always be able to reach us.
What Is a Drug Crime?
A drug crime is a violation of state or federal drug laws. The difference between a legal and illegal drug is the way it is used. For example, some states have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, but others still require a prescription for medicinal use.
Drug crimes typically include:
• Possession: Drug possession is the most common drug charge and requires the individual to knowingly and intentionally possess a drug without a valid prescription, and in an amount that would be for sale or personal use.
• Manufacture: Drug manufacturing involves creating a synthetic chemical substance or extracting a natural drug. Manufacturing also includes the packaging of a drug.
• Use: This means a person consumed or took an illegal drug. A drug is usually illegal if there is no prescription from a doctor.
• Distribution: This includes the sale, or delivery of an illegal substance.
Different Types of Illegal Drugs
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. A recent survey reveals that nearly 15 million people use marijuana. Marijuana laws vary greatly between the states. A number of states-including Michigan-have recently allowed for the medical or even recreational use of marijuana.
Other commonly used drugs include:
Drug Crime Convictions and Punishments
Federal drug charges are typically more severe in punishment than state charges. Punishment varies and is based on:
• Drug type
• Purpose of the possession (e.g. personal use or distribution purposes)
• Prior convictions
• Probation or parole status
If an individual is convicted for a drug crime, then the consequences may be:
• Probation or parole
• Loss of custody of children
• Court ordered counseling
• Significant fines
• Community service
• Loss of residency
Should I Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney?
Yes. If you are accused of a drug crime, you should call us at 989-882-1182 and speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.