Persons involved with drug trafficking could find themselves in significant legal trouble. The state of Michigan imposes harsh penalties for those engaged in drug distribution. Anyone involved with moving large amounts of controlled substances could face felony charges and the potential to receive a lengthy prison sentence. Defendants may benefit from knowing the basics of the specific criminal statutes pertaining to them and their charges.
Drug distribution charges in Michigan
Drug trafficking and distribution typically do not result from someone possessing small amounts of illegal substances. People charged with distribution don’t possess several kilograms of cocaine or heroin for personal use. Instead, they typically intend to sell large amounts of drugs for significant profits. Drug distribution charges could be on the state or federal level (or both) and will not be limited to violations of controlled substances laws. Depending on the case’s specifics, defendants may face additional charges alongside distribution. If you are arrested while possessing a firearm, for instance, you could be facing other felony charges on top of distribution.
Prosecutors do not need to prove the intent to traffic or distribute drugs. If the police uncover a significant volume of drugs and trafficking-related items such as scales or baggies. In that case, that evidence could be enough to make trafficking and distribution charges credible.
Defending drug charges
Anyone charged with felony drug distribution has a right to a fair trial, and the prosecutor must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. So, if the police uncover drugs hidden inside someone’s home, the defendant could challenge alleged facts about the case. If the homeowner had no idea the drugs were present and the contraband belonged to a relative renting out space in the basement, the charges might be weak. A prosecutor could have a challenging time proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Questions about the police’s behavior may arise. Any drugs seized without a necessary warrant might be inadmissible in court. The police must have probable cause to make an arrest, presenting another constitutional issue that could arise during proceedings.