Minneapolis Drug Crime Attorneys
Facing Drug Charges in Minneapolis? We're Available 24/7 – Call Now!
Even relatively minor offenses involving narcotics, controlled substances, and other drugs like marijuana can carry disproportionately heavy penalties in the state of Minnesota. Because drug crimes violate United States law, you could also face federal prosecution for your alleged offense. In either situation, it is very important to get the trustworthy legal guidance of a Minneapolis drug crime lawyer who can fight for your rights in court.
Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. has been defending criminally accused clients throughout Minnesota for more than 100 years combined. We have handled hundreds of criminal jury trials, and we know what it takes to win a difficult case. You can trust that your future is in good hands when you work with our firm.
The majority of incarcerations and high fines issued by the U.S. criminal justice system are related to “street level” drug crimes, like drug possession and distribution. Knowing the prosecution and the court are against you, connect with Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. as soon as possible. As former prosecutors and Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists, we will do everything in our power to protect you from the harsh, unforgiving hand of the law.
Call (612) 444-5020 to discuss your drug charges in a FREE consultation.
Types of Drug Crime Cases We Represent
We've heard the questions people tend to ask after a drug-related arrest:
- Is this really a serious charge?
- What types of penalties am I facing?
- Could I get prison time for a conviction?
- Do I need a criminal defense lawyer?
- What can I do to protect my rights?
Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. is here to provide the answers you need. Whether your charges involve marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, heroin, LSD, or some other type of controlled substance, we know how to help you. Our drug offense lawyers have defended clients facing a variety of drug-related charges, such as those listed below.
Don’t wait to contact our firm if you have been charged with:
- Drug distribution
- Drug trafficking across borders
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Drug smuggling (importing/exporting)
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Sale of a controlled substance
- Cultivation / manufacturing
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- CDS possession without a prescription
Types of Illegal Substances in Minnesota
Minnesota follows the federal government's list of Scheduled Drugs to criminalize certain substances. The Schedules are arranged from one (I) to five (V), with the harshest penalties being associated with Schedule I drugs.
Schedule I drugs: Considered highly addictive and with no medical uses.
- Examples include heroin, LSD, marijuana, ecstasy, methaqualone, and peyote
Schedule II drugs: Considered highly addictive but with some medical uses.
- Examples include methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, and many prescription painkillers
Schedule III drugs: Considered addictive and may have medical properties.
- Examples include codeine, ketamine, anabolic steroids, and testosterone
Schedule IV drugs: Considered potentially addictive and may be prescribed by a doctor.
- Examples include most prescriptions, like Xanax, Soma, Ambien, and Valium
Schedule V drugs: Considered slightly addictive or non-addictive and may be sold over-the-counter.
- Examples include off-the-shelf medications, such as pain relievers and cough medicines
Is Marijuana Use & Possession Legal in Minnesota?
Although federal law still considers cannabis a Schedule I drug, Minnesota has made several moves to decriminalize it in certain circumstances and quantities. The state legalized medical marijuana in 2014, but patients can only use it in the form of pills, oils, or vapors from e-cigarettes. Recreational marijuana is still prohibited in Minnesota, but possession of 42.5 grams or less of marijuana is a low-level misdemeanor with no possibility of jail time.
Legislators unsuccessfully attempted to pass multiple bills in 2019 to legalize recreational marijuana, and the governor has said these attempts will continue in 2020. In the meantime, however, you can still be charged with a misdemeanor offense for possessing any amount of marijuana or cannabis for personal use in Minnesota.
The Most Important Call You'll Ever Make: (612) 444-5020
Don't wait any longer to obtain the advice and representation you need. We serve clients in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and the greater Minnesota area. One of our lead attorneys, Joseph Tamburino, is board certified by the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a legal specialist in criminal law — an achievement only 3% of attorneys can claim. Simply put, we have what it takes to protect you. We are here to help you know where you stand and what to do next.
Call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. today to set up a time to meet with our Minneapolis drug crime defense lawyers in a free consultation.