Drug Charges

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One of the most common drug charges in Michigan is the possession of a controlled substance.

A person may be charged with possession of a controlled substance if they knowingly possess a controlled substance that was not obtained by a valid prescription and they were not authorized by other means to possess the substance.

The law sets forth different penalties for possessing a controlled substance based on what type of substance it is. In Michigan, there are five different schedules of controlled substances. Schedule 1 is considered to be the most dangerous and addictive with no recognized medical value. Schedule 5 is considered to be the least dangerous of the categories and have the lowest probability of abuse. These Schedules are used to determine the appropriate penalty that will be given for possessing such drugs. The amount of the controlled substance the person possesses will also be taken into consideration when determining a penalty.

A person knowingly and intentionally possessing a Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 narcotic substance without a prescription could be subject to the following penalties:

  • Life in prison and/or up to a $1,000,000 fine for 1,000 grams or more of any mixture containing that substance.
  • Up to 30 years in prison and/or a $500,000 fine for more than 450 grams but less than 1,000 grams.
  • Up to 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine for more than 50 grams but less than 450 grams.
  • No more than 4 years in prison and/or a f $25,000 fine for 25 grams or more but less than 50 grams.
  • No more than 4 years in prison and/or a fine of no more than $25,000 for less than 25 grams.
  • License sanctions.

The law firm of Debolski, Debolski, & O’Connor has been representing clients who have been charged with criminal charges for over 30 years. We have helped a great number of clients avoid harsh penalties through our expert knowledge of the law. If you have been charged with a drug crime, please contact our law firm for a free consultation on how we can help protect your rights and your freedom.