Drug Crimes

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Eden Prairie Drug Crime Attorneys

Defending Against Drug Charges in Minnesota

Drug crimes are serious offenses in Minnesota and the penalties for drug convictions can be severe. If you are facing drug charges, your future is on the line, and you must take immediate action to protect yourself. At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., our Eden Prairie drug crime lawyers are prepared to fight for you. We are not afraid to challenge the evidence against you or take your case to trial.

If you have been arrested for a drug crime, call (612) 444-5020 or contact us online for a confidential consultation.

Types of Drug Crimes

A drug crime refers to any illegal activity involving controlled substances, including possession, distribution, manufacturing, trafficking, and cultivation. These crimes are typically regulated by national and international drug laws and can vary in severity depending on factors such as the type and quantity of drugs involved, the intent of the individual, and their criminal history.

Here are some common types of drug crimes:

  • Possession: This involves the unlawful ownership or control of illegal drugs for personal use. Possession can be either actual (having the drugs physically on one's person) or constructive (having control or access to the drugs).
  • Distribution or Trafficking: This involves the sale, transport, or transfer of illegal drugs. Trafficking usually refers to the distribution of large quantities of drugs, often across state or national borders, while distribution can involve smaller-scale sales.
  • Manufacturing or Production: This includes the creation or cultivation of illegal drugs. Manufacturing can range from operating large-scale methamphetamine labs to growing marijuana plants.
  • Prescription Drug Crimes: This involves the illegal possession, distribution, or sale of prescription drugs. This can include forging prescriptions, doctor shopping, or selling prescription drugs on the black market.
  • Drug Paraphernalia: This involves the possession, sale, or distribution of equipment or materials used to consume or produce illegal drugs, such as pipes, syringes, or scales.

Drug Diversion Programs in Minnesota

Eligibility for participation in a drug diversion program varies depending on the jurisdiction and the specific program criteria. Generally, individuals who are charged with non-violent drug offenses and who have no prior criminal record may be considered for participation. Additionally, individuals with substance abuse problems are often prioritized for these programs.

Before being admitted to a drug diversion program, participants typically undergo a comprehensive assessment to determine their treatment needs and suitability for the program. This assessment may include evaluations by substance abuse professionals to identify any underlying issues that need to be addressed.

Upon acceptance into the program, participants are required to adhere to a personalized treatment plan, which may include substance abuse counseling, therapy, drug testing, and other interventions aimed at addressing their addiction and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.

Participants in drug diversion programs are closely monitored and supervised by program staff to ensure compliance with the terms of their treatment plan. This may involve regular check-ins, drug testing, and participation in counseling sessions.

Successful completion of a drug diversion program typically requires participants to fulfill all requirements of their treatment plan and remain drug-free for a specified period. Upon completion, charges against the individual may be dismissed or reduced, and they may avoid a criminal conviction on their record.

Defending Against Drug Charges

Being charged with a drug crime does not mean that you will be convicted. The prosecution has the burden of proving that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., our Eden Prairie drug crime attorneys understand what it takes to build a strong defense in these types of cases.

Some of the defenses that may be available to you include:

  • Challenging the legality of the search and seizure
  • Challenging the chain of custody of the drugs
  • Challenging the credibility of the evidence against you
  • Challenging the credibility of the law enforcement officer
  • Arguing that you did not have possession of the drugs
  • Arguing that you did not have knowledge of the drugs
  • Arguing that you did not have intent to sell the drugs

Our attorneys can thoroughly investigate your case and determine which defenses are available to you. We will work to get your charges reduced or dismissed.

Why Choose Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.?

Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. is one of the most experienced criminal defense firms in Minnesota. Our attorneys have a proven track record of success and have earned numerous accolades for their work. We have successfully defended thousands of clients against a wide range of criminal charges, including drug crimes, and have a reputation for aggressive advocacy.

Other reasons to choose our firm include:

  • Available 24/7: Our team is here to take your call when you need us most.
  • Free Consultations: We offer no-cost, no-obligation consultations for all new and potential clients.
  • Client-Focused Approach: We tailor our legal strategies to the unique needs and goals of each client.
  • Proven Track Record: We have successfully defended thousands of clients against a wide range of criminal charges.

If you have been arrested for a drug crime, do not wait to get the legal help you need. Our attorneys are ready to fight for you and help you navigate the criminal justice system. We can guide you every step of the way, from the initial arrest and bail hearing to the trial and beyond. Our Eden Prairie drug crime lawyers can help you make informed decisions about your case and aggressively advocate for your rights.

Call (612) 444-5020 or contact us online today to schedule your free, confidential consultation.


  • 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.
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