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.
With the prosecution and courts against you, it’s important to contact Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. as soon as possible. As former prosecutors and a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist we will do everything in our power to protect you from the harsh, unforgiving hand of the law.
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.
Types of Scheduled Drugs
Minnesota follows the federal government’s list of Scheduled Drugs to criminalize certain substances, with the Schedules arranged from one (I) to five (V). The potential penalties for illegally possessing, selling, distributing, or manufacturing these controlled substances are complex and will depend on many different factors, particularly the amount of the drug and the defendant’s prior criminal history.
- 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.
Call (612) 444-5020 to set up a time to meet with our Minneapolis drug crime defense lawyers.
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.
Assault – Motivated by Bias
Attorney Joe Tamburino and Hannah Martin represented a client who was charged with assault that was motivated by bias. If convicted, that would have meant that they were found to have assaulted someone because of the color of their skin, which was not true. Joe and Hannah took the case to trial and the jury agreed that the assault was not motivated by bias. This was a huge relief because an assault linked to racial bias would have been detrimental to our client’s reputation.
First Degree Assault Reduction of Charges
When client is done with probation, the charge level will drop to a misdemeanor. Client did not serve any additional jail time. The family has been entirely reunited. This was a monumental result in an extremely difficult and complicated matter.
Felony Third-Degree Possession of Drugs Avoided Jail Time
Based on these efforts, Ms. Parsons convinced the prosecutor to amended the charges to gross-misdemeanor possession, to which Client entered a plea of guilty. At sentencing, the judge stayed adjudication of the sentence, which means that the charges, upon completion of one year of probation, will be completed dismissed. Client paid a small fine and avoided any jail time.
Obstruction of Justice Avoided Conviction
Ms. Parsons researched legal issues related to the Complaint, and argued that there was not probable cause to support the obstruction charge. The prosecutor agreed, dismissed that count of the Complaint, and the remaining noise complaint violation was continued for dismissal for a period of 6 months. Client avoided any type of conviction and the only condition of the agreement was that he pay prosecution costs of $25.00.
Obstructing Police and Disorderly Conduct Charge Dismissed
The attorneys developed a legal strategy and isolated legal issues to challenge both pre-trial and at trial. After months of litigation, court appearances, motions, and submission of a memorandum of law, Joe and Kayla were able to obtain a complete dismissal of all charges. We are all very happy with the fabulous results in this case.
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