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Defend Your Rights After An Arrest with Jaffe Defense Team

At Jaffe Defense Team, we understand that drug possession charges and charges for selling drugs can warrant serious, life-altering penalties. We want to be there when you find yourself in trouble with Michigan drug laws. If you are faced with drug charges, you’re going to need an attorney who can successfully represent your rights both in and outside the courtroom.

Jaffe Defense Team has been serving the Southeast Michigan people for over 30 years as a criminal defense lawyer. We will fight to ensure that your rights are protected and work relentlessly to build a winning defense against your drug and criminal charges.

Arrested for a drug crime? Contact our Oakland County drug crime lawyers today to request a free case evaluation.

What are Michigan’s Drug Possession Laws

drug possession charges in Michigan

If you have been charged with a drug crime, it’s important to understand the drug charges you may be facing and the penalties you are going up against.

Possession of Schedule I and Schedule II drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine is a crime that can lead to even more dire consequences under the law. Schedule I and Schedule II drug charges will always be a felony drug charge. Unlike marijuana, the penalties you’ll be faced with will depend on the amount you have in possession at the time of your arrest.

Consequences for Drug Possession Charges in Oakland County

In the state of Michigan, the law remains that possession of marijuana is still considered a crime. Under Michigan law, you are susceptible to a criminal charge no matter how much of the drug you are in possession of. Marijuana possession is a misdemeanor drug charge that can result in a $2,000 fine and one year of jail time. Our lawyers can help your defense in the case of a marijuana possession charge and work to free you of major penalties. The possession of drugs can result in serious penalties including:

  • Less than 50 grams – 4 years and/or a fine of $25,000
  • 50-450 grams – 20 years and/or a fine of $250,000
  • 450-1,000 – 30 years and/or a fine of $500,000
  • More than 1,000 grams – Life sentence and/or a fine of $1,000,000

What is a Dangerous Drug Charge in Michigan?

In Michigan state, controlled substances are divided into five “schedules.” The schedule determines how dangerous the drug is with Schedule 1 classifying the most dangerous drugs. Depending on the schedule the drug falls under, the penalties for possession or selling will be determined.

Some examples of drugs that fall under each “schedule” include:

  • Schedule 5: codeine mixed with nonnarcotics
  • Schedule 4: phenobarbital, lorazepam, diazepam
  • Schedule 3, barbituric acids, benzphetamine, ketamine
  • Schedule 2: oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl, codeine, cocaine
  • Schedule 1: BZP, LSD, ecstasy, heroin, peyote

If you are charged with drug distribution of a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance in Michigan, it’s more likely that you will face more serious penalties, including jail time and hefty fines. You will need a skillful, persistent lawyer with experience handling both felony and misdemeanor drug charges in Michigan.

Michigan's Drug Distribution Laws

Under Michigan law, you can face several years of jail time if you are charged with possession with intent to sell or drug distribution. Selling drugs and controlled substances can result in severe consequences under Michigan law. The penalties of selling drugs depend on which drugs are distributed and how much of each substance.

At Jaffe Defense Team, we have more than three decades of legal experience and are ready to ensure that the state's allegations against you receive the examination and consideration they deserve.

Call our Oakland County drug crime lawyers at (248) 522-9545 today. We are ready to help you explore your defense options at this critical time.

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