Grand Rapids Drug Crimes Attorney Fights for Your Rights
Aggressive representation when your future is in doubt
As a Grand Rapids drug crimes lawyer, I know that your future and your freedom are on the line when you face controlled substance charges. If you have been accused of any drug offense, from simple possession to trafficking, choose The Fiorletta Law Group, PLLC for your defense. I take every necessary step to protect your rights and to challenge the elements of the case against you. You’ll get an experienced Grand Rapids criminal attorney with the skill and determination to fight for the best possible outcome under the facts of your case.
Capable representation for all types of drug crimes
Although Michigan allows for medical use of marijuana, the state’s drug code is otherwise strict. Common drug charges I defend against include:
- Drug possession — Like other states and the federal government, Michigan lists controlled substances on schedules corresponding to their potential danger, addictive nature and acceptable medical use, if any. Unlawful possession of a controlled substance can be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the drug’s place on the schedule, the amount of the drug and the alleged offender’s prior record.
- Driving under the influence of drugs — You can be charged with DUI if your driving has been impaired by the use of a controlled substance or even a legally prescribed medication.
- Possession with intent to sell — If you are found to have knowingly and intentionally possessed a controlled substance of more than a certain amount, the law presumes that you intended to sell it. Charges can be enhanced depending on where you are apprehended, such as a school zone.
- Trafficking and/or manufacturing — Possessing large volumes of controlled substances is evidence of trafficking, which in certain cases can bring a penalty of life in prison. Producing controlled substances and cultivating marijuana are also serious felonies.
- Prescription drug fraud — It is illegal to be in possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription or to write a prescription for someone who does not have a medical need for the drug.
If you are arrested for these or any other drug crime, you need to seek representation from an experienced Grand Rapids criminal attorney immediately.
Potential penalties for Michigan drug crimes
Michigan drug crime penalties vary depending on the type of drug, the amount in question and the prior record of the accused. Here are some potential penalties for a Schedule I or II drug, such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine:
- Less than 50 grams — Up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000
- At least 50 grams but less than 450 grams — Up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000
- At least 450 grams but less than 1,000 grams — Up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000
- 1,000 grams or more — Up to life in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000
When facing such severe penalties, you need an experienced attorney who can protect your rights.
Raising all possible defenses to drug crime charges
No matter how grave the charges you face, viable defenses may be available. The police may say that you can help yourself by cooperating with them, but your best option is always to invoke your right to remain silent and demand to speak to an attorney. My role is to find all weaknesses in the state’s case and to raise every possible argument in your behalf. Let me protect your rights and work for a positive outcome.
Contact a proven Michigan drug crime defense lawyer for a free consultation
The Fiorletta Law Group, PLLC in Grand Rapids defends Michigan residents who are accused of various drug crimes. Call 616-717-1334 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation.