When you’re charged with drug possession, it can bring a wide range of emotions into play. You might feel frustrated, afraid, angry, or all of these emotions. The consequences of the charges can feel overwhelming, but they don’t have to be.
Our drug possession attorney in Grand Rapids, MI, at White Law PLLC, can help you navigate the defense process throughout your drug possession case.
Drugs Our Lawyers Can Defend Possession Charges Against
Our Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyers can help you defend against possession charges you have received. We could help you get the charges dropped or reduced for the following drugs:
- Marijuana, recreational and medical marijuana
- Synthetic opioids
- Performance enhancers
- Oxycodone (OxyContin)
Your Fight Is Our Fight
How Michigan Defines Controlled Substances
Like many other states, Michigan organizes its drugs into Schedules based on their potential to be addictive and dangerous. The scale ranges from schedule one to five, one being the most addictive and dangerous and five being the least.
It’s important to know that Michigan’s drug scheduling system is based on federal law.
Let’s take a look at how Michigan laws classify some of the most common illegal substances:
- Schedule I: Marijuana, LSD, heroin, ecstasy, peyote, and Quaaludes
- Schedule II: Cocaine, methamphetamines, methadone, oxycodone, and fentanyl
- Schedule III: Ketamine, performance enhancers, and testosterone
- Schedule IV: Xanax, Valium, and Ativan
- Schedule V: Drugs with opium combinations and cough medicines with high codeine.
We’re not just lawyers. We’re passionate advocates who will ensure that your voice is heard and your rights are protected.
How a Drug Possession Conviction Could Affect Your Life
When you’re facing drug possession charges, a prison sentence, and a fine aren’t the only consequences you could face. In addition, you could face challenges in the following aspects of your life:
Whether it’s after you’ve served your sentence or before, the implications of a drug possession charge could cause a wide range of problems in your personal life, such as:
- Breakdown of family and romantic relationships
- Loss of child custody
- Loss of your driver’s license
Work is another part of your life that will suffer if you’re convicted of drug possession. Even though Michigan is open to hiring felons, that doesn’t mean every company or industry is. If you had a job but were convicted, there’s a high chance that you will lose your job.
After a drug possession conviction, you could have trouble finding another employer to hire you. And if you can, the pay may not be as good as your previous job was, so you could struggle financially.
The combination of the challenges you could face in your personal and professional life could lead to a strain or breakdown of your mental health. For example, if your family members or spouse decides to cut ties, you could feel isolated, one of the most common causes of depression.
These are all possible consequences if you’re convicted of a drug possession charge in Grand Rapids, MI. But when our drug possession lawyer in Grand Rapids, MI, represents you, we can help prevent you from facing some or all of these consequences.
We know how to get our clients the results they need in the toughest legal arenas.
How We Defend Against a Possession Charge
According to Mich. Comp. Laws § 333.7403, possession means that an individual knowingly or intentionally possesses a controlled substance. Our law firm can help defend against drug possession charges by:
If we believe the evidence the prosecution has gathered is illegal, we can file a motion to block the evidence. This means that it will not be used against you in your case if the judge approves our motion. There are many reasons a lawyer may file a motion to block evidence, such as:
- The evidence was obtained through police misconduct
- The evidence is not relevant
- The evidence is not reliable
- The evidence was obtained through an unlawful traffic stop
If we can dismiss your charges, you won’t have to worry about them appearing on your record.
Requesting a Plea Bargain
Your drug possession lawyer could request a plea bargain to reduce your sentence. However, you must willingly plead guilty to a different charge to get a plea deal.
There are pros and cons to accepting a plea deal. An obvious pro is that you won’t have to face the maximum sentence. And if you plead guilty to a lesser charge and you do have to serve time, other inmates may be less hostile toward you.
On the other hand, one of the most significant disadvantages of a plea deal is that you’re innocent but pleading guilty to a crime you didn’t commit. It’s important that your lawyer review the possible plea deal before you accept it.
Taking Your Case to Court
If we think our best chance of dismissing or reducing the charges is going to court, we’ll do it. While going to court may be more expensive, our drug possession lawyers are ready and have the experience to defend you in front of a judge.
You will always work directly with your attorney throughout your case.
Why Choose White Law PLLC for Your Drug Possession Case
When you choose our team of drug possession attorneys in Grand Rapids, MI, to defend against your possession charges, you’re choosing qualified legal counsel. Here are a few benefits of working with us:
We Develop a Unique Defense Strategy
For every criminal defense case we represent, we develop a personalized strategy. We believe that finding what works best for you and the details of your case is essential to our success.
Therefore, our innovative team is always looking for ways to improve our defense strategy.
To develop your defense strategy, we’ll review your charges, research relevant laws that can help us, gather evidence, and keep you updated.
We Keep Your Information Secure With the Latest Tech
You don’t have to worry about anyone finding personal information about you or your case outside our legal team. We use cloud security to keep all your information secure and confidential.
By using cloud security, we’ll be able to easily access your case information and keep all the relevant documents organized. We’re proud to embrace and use technology to help protect our clients’ privacy.
Our Experience Representing Clients
Our team has years of experience representing criminal defense cases. Our experience helps us apply methods that work to develop new ones. We analyze your case, double-check our facts, and passionately pursue justice for you.
Our founding attorney Jamie White has led trials on national cases and has his license in all Michigan state courts. When defending your drug possession charge, he’s ready to defend you with a passion.
Contact Us to Build Your Drug Possession Case Defense Strategy
If you’ve been charged with drug possession in Grand Rapids, MI, our team at White Law PLLC is ready to defend you. We’ll evaluate your case for free and start crafting your personalized defense strategy.
Call us or fill out the contact form to get in touch with our Grand Rapids, MI, drug possession lawyer today.
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