Drug Possession Lawyer Grand Rapids, MI
As a drug possession lawyer Grand Rapids, MI relies on, Blanchard Law can defend you in a drug possession case.
The are a range of factors in your case that determine potential outcomes; among other factors, police and prosecutors will consider the type of drug possessed and how much of the drug you possessed in determining what you will be charged with and as a result, what the penalties may be. Regardless, a charge for drug possession is a serious offense and it is important to have an attorney on your side.
Defending a Drug Possession Case
In approaching a drug possession case, an experience attorney will look at the police investigation and ensure that your constitutional rights were protected. If drugs were found in the vehicle following a traffic stop, the stop must be conducted in a constitutionally valid manner. The search must also be lawful. If police conducted a search warrant, the warrant must have been properly obtained and executed to be valid. It is also important to consider whether the prosecution can establish that the possession was knowing, meaning that you were aware and intended to possess the drugs you are accused of possessing.
The various avenues of defense mentioned above are important to consider regardless of whether you are accused of possessing marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, or any other drug. Marijuana, however, has other possible defenses under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA). It is important to have an attorney who understands how to apply the defenses to your case and keeps current on the changes in the MMMA.
There may come a time in your case where it is prudent to consider resolving the case in a way that avoids having a trial. As discussed previously, being charged with drug possession encompasses a wide range of possibilities when it comes to potential outcomes.
One option that exists is a plea and sentencing under a deferral commonly known as “7411.” It is a law under Michigan Compiled Laws 333.7411 that allows you to plead guilty to a drug possession charge and upon successful completion of probation, it will never enter onto your criminal record. In order to be eligible, a person can not have any prior drug crimes on their record. In order to get the benefits of the deferral, the probation must be completed without any problems, which includes new arrests or positive drug tests. The end result is ideal—the whole case is dismissed, and it does not show up on the public record.
There are other similar methods for keeping convictions off a person’s record, such as the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, or HYTA, or in contrast, a method that enters the record but is removed following a completion of a term of probation.
Given the wide range of possible penalties, defenses, and outcomes, it is important to have an attorney who understands how to best defend you against drug possession charges. If you’re in need of a drug possession lawyer Grand Rapids, MI trusts, contact Blanchard Law at (616) 773-2945 to speak with an attorney about your case.