How Does Michigan Law Classify Drug Charges?

Drug possession, cultivation, and manufacturing charges are very serious and require skilled legal representation.  Michigan, like other states, recognizes that drug related crimes can vary in terms of seriousness.  In the State of Michigan, there are 5 categories of drug crimes.  Defendants facing any of the following drug related charges need to secure expert legal representation.

Schedule 1 Controlled Substances include drugs like marijuana, heroin, mushrooms, ecstasy, and LSD.  Schedule 2 Controlled Substances include cocaine, opium, morphine, and oxycodone.  Medical marijuana also falls under this umbrella.  Schedule 3 Substances consist of drugs that have some medical purposes, but can lead to dependence and abuse.  Some examples include lower power morphine, anabolic steroids, codeine, and more.  Schedule 4 Substances are considered less serious than Schedule 3 and include drugs like Xanax and Valium.  Lastly, Schedule 5 Substances include medicines consisting of ephedrine, codeine, mixtures with opium among others.

Those charged with Schedule 1 or 2 are facing very serious consequences.  Defendants with lesser charges should not mistakenly consider a reduced charge as something insignificant.  All drug charges can result in severe consequences in Michigan and need to be taken seriously.  For this reason, defendants in Michigan should contact a firm with a longstanding history of providing legal representation in drug related cases ranging from Schedule 1 through Schedule 5.

Drug charge convictions can have a serious impact on your life.  A drug conviction can lead to incarceration, probation with conditions, the loss of your ability to legally possess a firearm, the loss of driving privileges, interference with your ability to travel to foreign countries, the loss of employment and professional licenses, the inability to obtain financial aid, and damage to your reputation and personal relationships.  For persons that are not citizens of the United States, a drug conviction can lead to mandatory ICE detention and deportation.

A drug charge does not always lead to a conviction.  You need a lawyer that is astute when it comes to drug prosecutions.  It is very difficult to obtain reductions from prosecutors with drug related charges, because people that use and possess drugs are looked at differently from a popular and political standpoint.  Prosecutors do not want to be thought as being soft on drug offenses.  However, the right legal representation often makes a difference with the result obtained.  Constitutional right violations can lead to dismissal of these types of charges.  Sometimes the government’s case is not strong and cannot be proven.  You need a lawyer who will not back down, and who will fight on your behalf.

The Law Office of Hilf and Hilf, PLC is comprised of attorneys with years of experience in helping clients facing serious drug charges.  Attorney Daniel Hilf is committed to fighting for his clients and has a track record of successfully arguing drug related cases even when it appears like the prosecution and police have a very strong case.  If you are facing a drug related charge in Michigan, secure legal counsel with a commitment to fighting for your freedom.  Contact the lawyers at Hilf and Hilf, PLC today to schedule your free phone consultation.


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