Illegal Drug Possession Charge: How to Avoid a Criminal Record

Gavel and handcuffs depicting illegal drug possession

Are you, or is someone you love, in trouble for possession of an illegal substance? Do you want to avoid having a criminal record or jail time if this is a second illegal drug possession offense?

If you are facing a criminal charge for possession, possession with intent to deliver, or sales of illegal drugs, you would most likely answer that second question yes.

Unfortunately, there are still many ways to get in trouble with the law for drug offenses in this country. Outside of marijuana, which is legal to possess in the state of Michigan, the law will come down hard on possession of:

  • Vicodin
  • Valium
  • Oxycontin
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Ecstasy
  • Or analogs, which are pills made to be chemically similar to other controlled substances like narcotics.

Possession of Schedule I or II controlled substances are a felony in Michigan. It does not matter if you have a large amount you have tried to deliver to an undercover cop, or you got a few prescription pain pills from a friend for help with back pain.

It is still going to be a felony charge. Possession with the intention to deliver is a more serious felony. However, both are still felonies, and a felony charge is scary.

First Time Illegal Drug Possession Charge

Do you have a prior drug record?

If the answer is no, you may be able to work out a deal under Michigan law “7411.” Those with no prior drug record are eligible to keep the whole case off their permanent record under this law.

If you are charged with possession or your charges can be reduced to possession, you can get out of this situation without this charge on your record. There is no conviction, and you never have to mention it on any job application.

The other positive about this law is that when you qualify, you not only avoid having this crime on your record, but you can avoid the penalties that go with a criminal drug possession charge. You will not have your driver’s license suspended or have to deal with the fees that go with losing your license.

Here’s the downside: you will be placed on probation and subject to drug testing. For someone whose drug charge is a result of a one-time lapse in judgment, this law is your ticket out. It won’t be a problem to be drug tested because you don’t truly have a drug problem.

Second Illegal Drug Possession Charge

If this is your illegal drug possession offense, however, this law does not apply to you, but there is still hope.

Even though you have gotten caught for another felony, you still have a chance to avoid jail time and also to avoid a bunch of court-ordered rehab and drug education programs.

An experienced drug crimes attorney who knows the courts and the judges who preside there becomes invaluable. It makes the difference between jail time and getting to move on with your life. It means there’s someone at your side, arguing for you, who knows the system inside and out.

The Importance of Counseling

Let’s say this is your second drug offense, and you are looking at this charge sticking, and possibly jail time. Maybe you are starting to take this problem seriously. You are ready to make a change in your life, and you don’t want to have to do it from prison.

Start drug treatment or counseling now, on your own terms. Chances are, you will be ordered to do it anyway. A second drug offense looks to the system like you have a problem, so that’s how you will be treated. And a judge doesn’t care about your schedule or your budget.

Get a head-start, find a treatment program that works for you, with your budget, and start now. We can help you find what works for you. The payoff will be huge, and your outcome will change dramatically.

Michigan Drug Crimes Lawyer

Initial encounters with illegal drug possession charges are always scary. Take the first step and have an experienced drug crimes lawyer on your side.

Please call my office today if you are facing a drug charge.

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