What to Do if You’ve Been Charged with a Drug Crime in Michigan
November 1st, 2021
Michigan drug related crimes are serious, and penalties for a conviction can be severe. Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, or have been charged in state or federal court, having an experienced drug crime defense attorney on your side will help protect your rights and your freedom.
At Elmen Legal, I will offer candid advice about your situation, zealously and aggressively represent you during a drug crime investigation and in court, and work hard to have the charges against you reduced or the case against you dismissed.
Understanding Michigan Drug Crime Related Crimes
The steps you take in the hours and days after a drug related crimes charge can have an enormous impact on the outcome of your case. Michigan drug crime charges must be taken seriously, and hiring an experienced Michigan drug crime defense attorney as soon as possible can mean the difference between freedom and significant time in prison.
Misdemeanor and Felony Drug Crimes Defense
There are dozens of drug related crimes in Michigan, and they usually fall into a handful of categories, including:
- Manufacturing and cultivating drugs
- Selling and distributing drugs
- Felony drug trafficking
- Drug possession
- Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver
- Prescription Drug Crimes
Depending on the type and amount of drugs in your possession and whether police suspect you were involved in manufacturing, distributing, or trafficking drugs, you may be charged in state or federal court and may face misdemeanor or felony drug charges.
If you were found in possession of a large quantity of drugs, you may be facing federal drug charges. Penalties for a federal drug crime conviction are severe, and it is critical that you hire an experienced drug crimes defense attorney who understands the charges you are facing, will stand up to federal prosecutors and other federal agents, and knows how to fight a federal prosecution. Manufacturing, distribution, and trafficking drugs are almost always felony charges which can come with mandatory prison sentences if you are convicted.
Start Your Drug Crimes Defense Early
A drug crime investigation can start weeks or even months before you are formally charged. If you suspect you are under investigation for a drug crime, you should contact Elmen Legal as soon as possible. The things you say and do during the investigation can affect the outcome of the case, and may even determine whether you are charged.
When you work with Elmen Legal, I will protect your rights during the investigation and represent you if you are questioned by law enforcement agents who are trying to build a case to try to convict you. If you are charged, I will evaluate the case against you, give you advice on the steps you can take to protect yourself, and help develop a strategy to provide you with a strong legal defense. If you suspect you are under investigation for a drug crime, the sooner you get an attorney involved the better.
What To Do If You Are Arrested for a Michigan Drug Crime
If you are arrested for a drug crime in Michigan, do not resist, and say as little as possible. Remain calm, be polite, and explain that you are asserting your right to remain silent and that you will not say anything else until you have met with your attorney.
Once you have been arrested, you will remain in police custody until your arraignment hearing. At the arraignment, you will appear before a judge who will explain your rights and ask if you understand the charges against you. If you have an attorney, your attorney will appear at the arraignment with you. If you do not have an attorney, you should enter a plea of Not Guilty and contact Elmen Legal as soon as possible.
Elmen Legal for Michigan Drug Crime Defense
Michigan drug crimes are complex, and many factors will affect how your case will be resolved. Hiring an experienced Michigan drug crimes defense attorney can be one of the most significant factors that will affect the outcome of your drug crime case.
When you hire Elmen Legal, I will work with you to develop a strong defense against these serious, potentially life-changing charges.
I will start by investigating the charges against you and will make a recommendation based on your circumstances and the prosecution’s evidence against you. We may be able to challenge the underlying investigation, whether law enforcement had probable cause to believe you broke the law, whether the search was performed properly, and whether the evidence was handled properly.
No matter your specific circumstances, my commitment to my clients never wavers. I will work hard to defend you against Michigan drug charges and to secure the best outcome I can in your case.
Elmen Legal proudly represents people throughout Michigan in Ann Arbor, Saline, Pittsfield Township, Chelsea, or Ypsilanti, in Washtenaw, Wayne, Monroe, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Jackson, Ingham, Livingston, and Oakland Counties.
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