What Is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is an illegal drug that is highly addictive and extremely dangerous. Commonly known as Ice, Crank, Chalk, Crystal Meth or just Meth, its use can cause serious side effects like anxiety, euphoria, paranoia, hallucinations, and a feeling of alertness or energy. Unfortunately, using meth can lead to a heart attack and other health problems and quitting the drug often results in withdrawals, depression and excessive sleeping.
Examples Of Methamphetamine Crimes
A conviction for a criminal act involving methamphetamine in Michigan can carry substantial penalties. The severity of these penalties may depend on the defendant’s prior criminal record, the type of offense (misdemeanor or felony), and the amount of meth involved.
Because meth is classified as a Schedule II drug, which has a high potential for addiction, many offenders face lengthy prison sentences and large fines. For example, using meth generally results in misdemeanor charges with fines up to $2,000 and jail time up to 1 year. Possession is charged as a felony and carries up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $15,000, while participating in its manufacture, distribution or delivery with intent to do so can result in even more serious charges including fines of up to $25,000 and up to 20 years behind bars. Be aware that if you have been convicted with previous drug-related convictions, then you may be subject to enhanced penalties.
Consequences Of Conviction
If you are facing charges related to a methamphetamine crime, be aware of the consequences that could come with such conviction. A misdemeanor might be rare in methamphetamine cases, and felonies often include jail and hefty fines. For those who hold professional state licenses such as doctors or lawyers, their license may be put in jeopardy due to the conviction. Even after serving time or probation for a methamphetamine crime, having a criminal record may make it difficult to find employment and could remain a barrier for years to come. Be mindful that there are multiple potential outcomes of being accused of a methamphetamine offense.
Legal Defenses To Meth Charges
If accused of a methamphetamine crime, it is essential to consider all legal defenses and the relevant questions. Were the police acting within their Constitutional limits when obtaining evidence? Did they possess reasonable grounds and had the correct warrant? Were there any forces of compulsion or entrapment present? It is also possible that you may be a victim of wrong place, wrong time circumstances. Understanding these arguments can help build up your defense strategy and make sure that you are taking advantage of all available legal resources. With the appropriate counsel, even potential infringements on the Constitution can be discussed before the judge in order to get evidence dismissed or charges dropped. Evaluating your options completely is critical in cases involving accusation of methamphetamine-related crimes.
In Michigan, those charged with minor drug offenses may be able to avoid a conviction and the penalties if they were to plead guilty or be found guilty by the court. Alternatives to a formal judgement of guilt include probationary sentences and imposed terms and conditions which, when followed correctly, can dismiss proceedings and provide an alternative solution to prosecution. MCL 333.7411 supports this approach for first-time offenders in possession of controlled substances.
In addition to legal proceedings being discharged, any monetary liabilities associated with drug treatment programs and urine testing also become void when probation is successfully completed. Taking this route may also allow individuals to bypass the driver’s license suspension that typically comes with a criminal charge. Other resolution options like Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) or prosecutor deferrals are potentially available as well, so consulting experienced legal counsel is recommended for those looking for the one that suits them best.
The Importance Of Experience When Facing Drug Charges
It is essential to choose a lawyer who has experience and success in similar cases. Having the right expertise in criminal matters, particularly when drug charges are involved, is vital in order to achieve an optimal outcome. We have had numerous people come to us after another lawyer urged them to plead guilty to a drug offense, and we have been able to get more favorable outcomes for those clients. Finding an experienced lawyer is paramount before making any decisions regarding your legal representation.
At Williams & Associates, we will gladly discuss our experience with methamphetamine charges and other drug crimes, and how our knowledge and courtroom skills can help you. For a free initial consultation, call our Traverse City firm at 231-735-8575 or contact us online.