Protecting Your Future From Drug Charges
If you are facing a drug charge, you may be concerned about what comes next. Any type of drug conviction can wreak havoc on your future. You do not need to face drug charges alone, however. When you hire Sinclair Law, you have a real advocate by your side who will do everything in his power to get you the outcome you need. Attorney Christopher Sinclair is an experienced criminal defense attorney serving the Detroit area. He has worked in both state and federal courts and understands what is at stake in your case.
Michigan’s Drug Laws
The state of Michigan takes drug crimes very seriously, issuing harsh penalties for offenses. In fact, Michigan has some of the toughest drug laws in the country. The penalties vary based on the type of drug as listed on a schedule and the amount at issue. Charges often fall into the following categories:
- Possession and/or intent to distribute – Depending on how much you have in your possession, the prosecutor may charge you with either possession or possession with intent to distribute. The amounts differ based on the type of drug. You are likely to serve prison time, and may also need to pay a fine ranging from $15,000 to $1,000,000, depending on the drug and the amount in your possession.
- Delivery and/or manufacturing a controlled substance – More often than not, this charge is associated with drug sales and distribution. Michigan’s felony drug laws prohibit manufacturing, creating, delivering or possessing with intent to manufacture controlled substances. Penalties for this crime vary depending on the type of drug and the amount involved, but could cost you up to 20 years to life in prison and fines ranging from $25,000 to $1,000,000.
Mr. Sinclair will go through the facts of your case with you to help you determine the type of charges you might face and strategize an aggressive defense with you.
Could You Be Facing Federal Charges?
Both the state and federal government can bring drug charges. Sometimes these laws even overlap. With federal cases, however, the penalties are usually more severe than at the state level. So, how do you know whether the federal government will step into your case? The federal government often saves its resources for larger cases involving drug trafficking or situations that involve crossing state line and violations of immigration or customs laws.