Farmington Hills Drug Crimes Attorney
Defending Against Drug Charges in Oakland County & All of Michigan Since 2002
Being arrested for drug charges is humiliating, frustrating, and frightening. While your charges may seem complicated and undeserved, Michigan prosecutors aggressively pursue maximum sentences for those accused of drug offenses. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, one of every five people are in prison or jail for drug crimes. To avoid become a statistic, you need to hire an experienced drug crimes attorney as soon as possible. Call Daniel D. Hajji, Attorney at Law now!
As a Farmington Hills drug crimes lawyer, I protect the rights of my clients and provide the service they deserve during the most frightening times of their lives. It is my goal to help clients have a fair shot when facing the intimidating American legal system. Criminal defense is my calling, so I often find myself thinking about a client’s case during every moment of the day. I have nearly two decades of experience fighting for clients, and I have the skill and resources to craft a strong defense to combat your charges.
To obtain the help of an experienced Oakland County drug crimes lawyer, call me today at (248) 599-0054. Consultation is completely confidential, free of charge, and has no obligation.
How Michigan Classifies Drugs
The state of Michigan regulates drug crimes through a comprehensive set of laws. Like the rest of the country, the state of Michigan organizes drugs by schedule. Additionally, the type of penalties and length of prison time a person faces depends on if they are facing possession, distribution, or manufacturing charges.
Schedule I Drugs
Drugs that are highly addictive or substances that have no widely-accepted medical uses are categorized as Schedule I drugs. Substances in this category include ecstasy, heroin, LSD, and mushrooms.
Schedule II Drugs
Like Schedule I drugs, those on the state’s Schedule II list have a high potential for abuse. However, Schedule II drugs have a widely-accepted medical use. This means that many of these drugs can be legally consumed under the supervision of a medical professional. Another qualifier for Schedule II drugs is that they have a risk of “severe psychic or physical dependence.” Schedule II drugs include cocaine, opium, oxycodone, methamphetamines, and morphine.
Schedule III Drugs
Schedule III drugs are substances that have less potential for abuse. The drugs might share qualities with substances from higher schedules but are less potent. Schedule III substances include painkillers and anabolic steroids, like codeine.
Schedule IV Drugs
This schedule of drugs is most associated with narcotics. Drugs on this list have less potential for abuse than Schedule III drugs. Schedule IV drugs include Valium, Xanax, Prazepam, and Lorazepam.
Schedule V Drugs
This final schedule contains drugs with the least potential for abuse. It typically contains medicines which contain a low concentration of drugs included in Schedules II to IV.
Penalties for Drug Crimes in Michigan
Penalties for drug crimes depend on the substance being distributed, manufactured, or possessed. Possession of Schedule I drugs carries a penalty of up to $25,000 and 4 years in prison. Distribution of these drugs may cause a person to face up to 40 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. As with many other crimes, individual drug crimes are charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on what drugs and how much of the drugs are involved.
Many drug crimes in Michigan are felonies. A person facing felony drug charges might have a conviction follow them for the rest of their lives. Convicted felons have trouble with finding work, finding a place to live, and fulfilling other basic needs. Even if a drug crime is not charged as a felony, a misdemeanor drug conviction can create hardships for the defendant: penalties carry a hefty fine and up to one year in jail.
Fight Your Farmington Hills Drug Charges by Calling (248) 599-0054
Overzealous prosecutors may attempt to prosecute someone for crimes that they are not guilty of. If you have recently been arrested for the unlawful possession, sales, or trafficking of any type of substance, you should immediately talk to an Oakland County drug crimes attorney. Drug charges range in severity, and even a first-time offender could find themselves facing maximum or enhanced penalties.
When a client accused of a drug charge discusses his or her circumstances with me, I carry out an in-depth investigation into every facet of the case. I do this to pinpoint weaknesses in the prosecution's case and to protect the rights of my clients. Communication matters, so I make sure to keep my client informed through frequent updates and one-on-one appointments. With my resources, experiences, and track record, there’s no reason to hesitate: call my firm as soon as possible!
To find out how I’ll fight for you, call me for a free consultation today at (248) 599-0054. I serve Farmington Hills, Bloomfield, Troy, Southfield, Rochester Hills, Pontiac, Royal Oak, Novi, and all surrounding areas.