Drug Trafficking Defense Lawyer In Minneapolis
Drug trafficking is an offense that is taken very seriously by federal prosecutors in Minnesota and across the country. If you are under investigation for or have been arrested and charged with drug trafficking, it is important to understand that drug trafficking comes with mandatory terms of imprisonment. Therefore, it is critical to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer fighting to protect your rights.
At Groshek Law PA in Minneapolis, Minnesota, our drug trafficking defense attorneys have the skills and experience necessary to defend against drug trafficking charges. We defend clients throughout the Twin Cities against drug crime charges and also assist clients in obtaining any necessary counseling or treatment related to drug addiction.
If you or a loved one is facing trafficking charges, you need to act quickly. Call 612-426-7047 to schedule a consultation today with no obligation to hire our firm.
Effective Drug Trafficking Defense
Christa Groshek has a deep understanding of the criminal justice system and possesses the know-how to determine the best strategies for defending her clients. This is especially important in drug trafficking cases, as court proceedings at the federal level can be particularly complex, with defendants often facing harsher penalties than they would for a state-level crime.
We are known for our vigorous trial representation and thorough preparation of every client’s case for trial, but we are also willing to work toward a negotiated outcome when it is in your best interests.
Answers To Common Questions About Drug Trafficking
We regularly receive questions from prospective clients about drug trafficking charges. Some of the most common questions are answered below.
What are drug trafficking charges in Minnesota?
Drug trafficking generally refers to actions that make a person part of the drug supply chain (as opposed to simply buying for personal use). This could include manufacturing/cultivation, sale/distribution and transportation of illegal drugs. State law isn’t perfectly clear on what differentiates trafficking from similar offenses, but it is often tied to the quantity of narcotics allegedly found in your possession.
What quantity of drugs would lead to a drug trafficking charge in Minneapolis?
If you are in possession of a certain quantity of drugs, prosecutors may presume you intended to sell or distribute them to others and charge you with trafficking. That quantity varies widely depending on the drug. Here are some of the trafficking thresholds in Minnesota:
- Possessing 100 kilograms or more of marijuana
- Possessing 25 grams of heroin, methamphetamine or cocaine
- Possessing 500 grams of a narcotic other than those listed above
You could also face trafficking charges for selling a certain quantity of drugs, and those thresholds are different. To understand your charges and your legal options, it’s best to speak to an experienced defense attorney.
Can you beat a drug trafficking charge?
Yes, it is possible, depending on the facts of your case. In many drug cases, defense attorneys challenge how the evidence was obtained. If police discovered the drugs during an illegal search, the evidence could be suppressed, which means it could not be used to convict you. Other defense strategies are possible as well, but challenging the legality of the search is a good place to start.
In Minnesota, can drug trafficking charges be dropped?
Any criminal charges can be dropped if there is insufficient evidence to support them. However, you shouldn’t count on prosecutors to make this decision on their own. It is critical to have an experienced attorney advocating for you with prosecutors and in front of a judge.
How can I get drug trafficking charges reduced in Minnesota?
There are a number of ways to achieve this, depending on the facts of your case. One way would be through a negotiated plea deal. If prosecutors are charging you with trafficking based almost entirely on the quantity in your possession, for instance, you could potentially agree to plead guilty to a lesser charge of possession.
After examining the evidence against you, your attorney would have a good idea of how difficult it would be for prosecutors to secure a conviction on each charge. If certain charges are weak and unsupported by evidence, your attorney may be able to convince the state to reduce or dismiss those charges.