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Minneapolis Drug Trafficking Attorney
Representing Clients Facing Drug Trafficking Charges in Minnesota
Any drug charge can have severe implications for your future. If you are facing drug trafficking charges in Minnesota, you must secure quality legal representation as soon as possible. A Minneapolis drug trafficking attorney from Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. can help you navigate the legal process and could help you avoid maximum penalties for your drug offense.
Minnesota’s Drug Trafficking Laws
Drug trafficking is a global trade involving the manufacture, cultivation, distribution, and sale of large amounts of drugs or controlled substances across state and international borders. The industry is estimated to earn a staggering $321.6 billion annually. Because these drug crimes often involve bringing drugs across state or international borders, they can be federally prosecuted.
In Minnesota, a person can be charged with first-degree drug trafficking for:
- Possessing 25 grams of cocaine, meth, or heroin
- Possessing 100 kilograms of marijuana
- Possessing 500 grams of any other narcotic
- Selling 200 doses of a hallucinogen
- Selling 50 grams of heroin, cocaine, or meth
- Selling 50 kilograms of marijuana or more
- Manufacturing methamphetamine (any amount)
Are you facing a drug trafficking conviction? Call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. today at (612) 444-5020 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our Minneapolis drug trafficking lawyer!
What is the Difference Between a Drug Trafficking and Drug Possession Charge?
The difference between a drug trafficking and drug possession charge usually relies on intent to sell and the number of drugs that were uncovered. A person may face drug trafficking charges if they are found to have a large amount of cash or drugs at the time of their arrest.
Federal Schedules of Controlled Substances
The federal government classifies drugs into five schedules according to their risk for abuse and dependency. Drugs that have the highest potential for misuse are categorized as Schedule I. Those charged with the distribution, manufacture, or possession of Schedule I drugs will face the harshest penalties. Schedule I drugs include marijuana, heroin, ecstasy, and LSD.
Drugs with the least risk of abuse or have widely accepted medical applications are classified as Schedule V. Although many of these substances are available as prescription drugs, they can cause dependency if misused. The distribution of these substances can still result in a drug trafficking charge. Examples of Schedule V drugs include sleep aids, medications containing codeine, and more.
Drug trafficking is a felony offense that is often prosecuted at the federal level. A conviction can result in a prison sentence of five years to life, depending on the following:
- The amount of drugs that were discovered
- Any prior convictions for drug-related crimes
- The type of drug or substance that was discovered
- Aggravating factors (i.e. bodily injury or death)
Contact Our Drug Trafficking Lawyer Today
We realize that facing a drug trafficking charge can be overwhelming. You need a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer to protect you with so much at stake. When you retain Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., we will fight to help you avoid a conviction or lessen your charges and penalties. The Minneapolis drug trafficking attorneys at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. have achieved excellent results for our clients since 1983.
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1. Don’t Talk to the Police!
It’s crucial to know that while you should remain respectful with authorities, you have the right to remain silent. This a right protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which makes it clear individuals are protected from being compelled to be a witness against him / herself in criminal matters.
It’s important to note that:
- Talking will not help you avoid an arrest. If law enforcement has probable cause to arrest you, then they will arrest you.
- By speaking, you risk making a confession or providing information that can be used to indict you, even unknowingly.
- Even if you feel that information being discussed is “harmless,” it is still in your best interest to invoke your Fifth Amendment right.
2. Ask for a Lawyer!As soon as you can you should elect your right to have a defense attorney present. A Minnesota criminal defense lawyer or public defender can ensure the police do not violate your rights and help you avoid saying anything incriminating during questioning. Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that we can be by your side whenever you need us. Call now!
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