Criminal Lawyer Defends Drug Possession Charges in Grand Rapids
If you are arrested for possession of a controlled substance in Michigan, you face aggressive prosecution and stiff sentences. Drug possession charges are notoriously hard to beat because the authorities only have to prove you “knowingly or intentionally” possessed the drugs, and circumstantial evidence is often enough to satisfy a judge or jury. However, the prosecution’s case is rarely as solid as they want the accused to believe, so you owe it to yourself and your family to retain the best defense counsel you can find. At the Van Den Heuvel Law Office, we have represented clients accused of drug possession in the Grand Rapids area for more than 20 years. We know how and when to negotiate a deal, and how and when to fight. When you retain our services, you have our undivided loyalty, and you can trust us to fight whole-heartedly for your best possible outcome.
Penalties for drug possession charges in Michigan
The severity of the penalties for drug possession depends upon the type of substance and the amount seized. Examples of commonly prosecuted drugs include:
- Schedule 1 or 2 narcotic — These include heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, morphine, methamphetamine, OxyContin and PCP. Possession is a felony with punishment depending on weight:
- 1,000 grams or more — imprisonment for any term of years up to life, a fine of up to $1,000,000, or both
- 450 grams or more — imprisonment of up to 30 years, a fine of up to $500,000, or both
- 50 grams or more— imprisonment of up to 20 years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both
- 25 grams or more — imprisonment of up to 4 years, a fine of not more than $25,000, or both
- Ecstasy and methamphetamine in any amount — A felony punishable by imprisonment up to 10 years, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.
- Marijuana — Under state law, simple possession is a misdemeanor, carrying imprisonment up to one year, a fine of not more than $2,000, or both. Local ordinances tend to have lighter penalties, so a defendant’s outcome may depend on which authorities made the arrest, state or local police.
To combat these serious charges, your attorney must be able to challenge police procedures, including the legality of search and seizure and the validity of the chain of custody of drug evidence. Most drug possession cases are resolved through plea negotiations, but you want to make sure your attorney has the trial experience necessary in case you need to fight in court.
Get aggressive criminal defense representation for drug crimes in Grand Rapids
When you retain the Van Den Heuvel Law Office, you get legal representation with more than 20 years of experience defending felony and misdemeanor charges. To schedule your initial consultation, call our Grand Rapids office at 616-698-0000 or contact us online. We can also conduct your appointment via Skype.