Drugs are certainly a hot topic in the U.S. today. Regardless of your stance, for the most part it only really matters what the U.S. government has to say about them. If you’ve been arrested for a drug-related reason, you could be facing serious penalties within the state of Minnesota.

So what constitutes a drug crime in Minnesota? Typically, the possession, sale or manufacturing of an illegal drug (also called a controlled substance) can land you in legal hot water. Depending on the criminal history of the accused, the penalties and punishments vary widely. There’s quite a lot to understand regarding drug charges, so it is important to obtain a skilled drug charge lawyer. The attorneys at Flakne Law in Minneapolis, MN, have the experience needed to increase your chances of a lesser sentence.

What You Should Do Following a Drug Crime Arrest

If you’ve been arrested for anything relating to drugs, you need to act right away. Glean all you can about the legalities and specifics of your situation so you have the best chance of standing up against the courts. You may feel helpless, but there are probably many factors you haven’t thought about that could help your case considerably. Were you improperly stopped or seized? Was the search valid? Think hard about the circumstances that surrounded your arrest, and write them down! The more information you have to fall back on, the better chance you’ll have at moving forward.

Different Levels of Crimes and Penalties

Laws regarding drug crimes in Minnesota are somewhat complicated. There are a lot of factors that are taken into consideration when deciding a sentence once someone is convicted, and the penalties can be quite severe. Generally, a sentence is based on the type of drug, amount of the drug in possession, and even on the location of where the drug was kept (having drugs near schools and children is a bad idea, folks).

At Flakne Law we take pride in building a solid relationship with each of our clients so we can work together to achieve the best possible outcome.

In Minnesota the minimum penalty for conviction of a drug crime can be 0-5 years of imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Yes, the minimum can be jail time and thousands of dollars. The courts don’t mess around with drug crimes, and because of this you need to be on your toes as well.

Here’s a short list of punishments for different levels of drug crimes in Minnesota:

Levels of Drug Crimes and Penalties

Level Imprisonment Fines Note
First Degree Up to 30 years Up to $1 million Minimum imprisonment is four years for prior drug felony
Second Degree 0-25 years Up to $500,000 in fines
Third Degree No more than 20 years Up to $250,000 Minimum imprisonment for prior convictions is two years
Fourth Degree 15 years maximum No more than $100,000
Fifth Degree Up to five years Up to $10,000 Possession or sale of any amount of marijuana greater than 42.5 grams is charged under the fifth degree

Educating Yourself is a Necessary Step for Protection

Is your crime considered a misdemeanor or a felony? What can happen if you’re convicted? What if you’ve been wrongly accused? Regardless of your situation, in any case the best course of action to take is going to be learning everything about your case before you go to court so you can stand the best chance of defending yourself.

Obtain Effective Representation Today

At Flakne Law we take pride in building a solid relationship with each of our clients so we can work together to achieve the best possible outcome. Our seasoned criminal defense attorneys will handle your drug case with professionalism and a personal touch. We’ll take the time to get to know you, and together we can work toward a common goal. If you’re facing a criminal drug charge in Minnesota, consult the dedicated criminal defense attorneys at Flakne Law. Call (952) 888-9304 today or use our online form to schedule your consultation.

Send Us a Message

"Brian Flakne handled my civil litigation in Hennepin County. Brian's courtroom skills are outstanding. I appreciated the time he took to explain all the relevant aspects of the law so that I would not be surprised by the arguments opposing counsel used at trial. By the time we started trial, I was confident that we had a terrific game plan and that we would win. He found a way for me to stand up to a bully and prevail."

Victoria R.


Minneapolis Office

1701 Madison St NE
Ste 101
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Closed Today


Send Us a Message