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What is Felony Drug Possession in Michigan?

cuff1Being arrested for drug possession, no matter the severity of the charges, is a scary experience. And if you are facing a felony drug possession charge, it could mean a lifetime of repercussions. Your immediate decisions are some of the most important you will ever make and understanding how serious your situation is will help you in the immediate aftermath and for the rest of your life.

A felony drug conviction can change your life. Too many people assume that a drug arrest is “no big deal,” or that they don’t need to take it seriously because friends have also faced drug charges. Minor drug infractions might not be a big deal, but when a crime qualifies as a felony, you have stepped into a whole new realm. Felony drug charges can mean prison time, hefty fines, and a change in how society views you forever.

Michigan’s Felony Drug Possession Laws

If you are facing felony drug possession charges in Michigan, including in any of the following cities, you need to act fast:

• Bloomfield Hills
• Southfield
• Royal Oak
• Troy
• Birmingham
• Rochester
• Farmington
• Auburn Hills
• Clarkston
• Novi

Drug laws vary from state to state, so it’s important to work with an attorney who understands the laws in Michigan if that’s where your arrest has taken place.

Consequences Vary Based on the Drug

Marijuana possession is still considered a crime in Michigan, but rarely is it a felony, unless it can be proven you intended to distribute it.

Drugs including heroin, cocaine, meth, and other schedule I and schedule II drug possessions result in felony charges, potentially worsened by the amount of drug found in your possession during your arrest. Less than 50 grams of any of these drugs can result in up to four years in prison and $25,000 in fines. Larger amounts could indicate an intent to sell, deliver, or traffic and can result in decades in prison.

If you are caught with more than 1000 grams of a schedule I or schedule II drug you are looking at a lifetime in prison and at least $1 million in fines.

Other drugs that can result in a felony conviction in Michigan include:

• Ecstasy (Schedule I)
• LSD (Schedule I)
• GHB (Schedule I)
• Hallucinogenic mushrooms (Schedule I)
• Opium (Schedule I)
• Morphine (Schedule II)
• Oxycodone (Schedule II)
• Methamphetamines (Schedule II)

For a complete list of schedule I and schedule II drugs, visit DEA.GOV

It’s important to realize that a drug that is typically considered legal is illegal unless you have a prescription. Do not assume you are safe from felony drug possession charges just because law enforcement found only “legal” drugs.

Are You Facing Felony Drug Possession Charges?

Your situation is serious and you must do whatever you can to protect your future. Andrew Kowalkowski, PLLC can help. He is an experienced Michigan criminal lawyer and he will work to ensure your rights are protected. For more information or to schedule a consultation with Andrew, contact him at 248.974.9594 for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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