Heroin Possession in Michigan: Charges, Penalties & Defense

Heroin possession criminal attorney, David J. Kramer

Are you being investigated for heroin possession?

Being convicted of heroin possession, an opioid drug, in Michigan is a serious charge. If convicted, you will be facing stiff penalties and jail time.

What Are Opioids?

Heroin is in the class of drugs known as opioids that are especially dangerous.

As people build up a tolerance to them, they eventually need higher and higher doses.

At high doses, opioids inhibit your ability to breathe, leading to accidental death. 

Opioids include:

  • Heroin
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Methadone
  • Codeine

Most of these drugs are prescription painkillers. However, all of them have the same side effects, including:

  • Sedation
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tolerance
  • Physical dependence
  • Respiratory depression

According to Michigan’s opioid addiction resource page, the state is going in the right direction since 2015. 

Health care workers are combating the over prescription of opioids for pain management. In addition, workers are checking patient’s medical and prescription history.

However, the use of heroin and deaths caused by its use continue to be a problem in Michigan.

Heroin Possession Charges and Penalties in Michigan

Because heroin is a Schedule 1 drug, even taking the drug is a misdemeanor in the state of Michigan according to Michigan Penal Code 333.7401.

The drug can be injected, snorted, or inhaled, and it remains in your bloodstream for a long time.

It’s known as “dragon,” “smack,” or “mud.”

If you fail a blood or urine test with heroin in your system, you could be looking at probation or jail time and a $2,000 fine. 

The criminal justice system comes down hard on those who are found in possession of heroin. You must obtain the services of an aggressive defense attorney right away if you are charged with possession.

Heroin possession charges are as follows:

  • Up to 50g of heroin or a heroin mixture is a felony charge with a potential prison term of up to 4 years and fines of up to $25,000.
  • 50g to 450g of heroin or a heroin mixture is a felony charge with a potential prison term of up to 20 years and fines of up to $250,000.
  • 450g to 1kg of heroin or a heroin mixture is a felony charge with a potential prison term up to 30 years and fines of up to $500,000.
  • 1kg of heroin or a heroin mixture is a felony carrying up to a life sentence and fines of up to $1,000,000.

 Heroin Possession Defense Attorney in Michigan

Michigan state law is harsh on heroin possession offenses.

Don’t fall victim to the unjust sentences prosecutors want to push on you. Don’t let your drug charge ruin your life. Get the help of a seasoned defense attorney who will fight for you.

We will work to understand all of the circumstances surrounding your heroin possession case. We will be honest about your options, and work to get you the best possible outcome. 

Whether you are wrongly accused of possession, or your rights were violated in illegal search and seizure attempts, we will work to expose those lies and get you back on track.

If you did possess heroin, we will work to obtain a fair sentence or other options such as addiction treatment that will keep you out of jail. 

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Heroin is a dangerous and addictive drug that can have lifelong consequences. The best thing you can do is to get help before you become involved with the law.

If you are or someone you love is facing a heroin-related investigation or charges, call my office today for a free consultation.

Let’s start fighting for your future!

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