How to Fight Drug Distribution Charges in Michigan
Drug distribution charges, or possession with intent to distribute on the state level, is one of the most serious crimes in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Facing charges for distributing drugs? This article covers how to fight them.
These charge holds serious penalties, which include up to life in prison, a $1 million fine, asset forfeiture, loss of driving privileges, and much more.
The purchase, sale or distribution of drugs in large quantities that exceeds personal use is much more serious than simple drug possession charges.
The quantity of drugs that is classified as distribution changes based on the drug’s classification.
If the prosecutor is left without any evidence, your case can very well be dismissed.
No matter how smart you are, no one can talk their way out of an arrest.
It’s best to remain silent and request an attorney when arrested.
Cases where the defendant makes a statement after arrest have a much higher rate of conviction in court than cases where the defendant remains silent.
However, if you didn’t remain silent during your arrest, you absolutely need to hire a skilled drug crimes attorney.
Don’t Wait to be Arrested For Drug Distribution Charges
If you suspect you’re being investigated, call a lawyer immediately.
Investigations into drug distribution can last from a few days to a few years.
The prosecution must prove that what they seized is actually an illegal substance.
A skilled lawyer will review the procedures used for testing, including the chain of custody of the evidence (i.e. the timeline that records the movement of evidence).
Evidence that isn’t properly tested and properly handled can be excluded from your case.
Often times, witnesses and informants are used in drug cases. Credibility of the witnesses and/or informants is always relevant to your case. Therefore, witness statements must be thoroughly investigated and challenged where appropriate. A good attorney will investigate all witness statements and evaluate their credibility.
Should You Go to Trial For Drug Distribution Charges?
Your attorney should determine if trial is the best way to avoid jail time in your case.
After reviewing all of the information related to your case, trial may be your best option.
However, trial isn’t always your best option.
This is why you need an attorney who knows when you should or should not go to trial.
Plea Bargains and Sentencing Agreements
If the evidence in your case suggests that pleading guilty is in your best interest, you need your lawyer to negotiate the best possible deal that avoids or significantly reduces jail time.
This plea agreement can also contain a sentencing agreement that eliminates or limits any jail time as well.
Michael Norman is a trial attorney practicing both civil and criminal litigation. Over the last 16 years, he has handled hundreds of cases; collecting millions of dollars for civil plaintiffs and multiple not-guilty verdicts for criminal defendants. He received his BA from Clark Atlanta University in 1998 in Sociology and Criminal Justice. He earned his JD from Georgia State University in 2004, where he served as president of the Black Law Student Association 2003. Michael is admitted to practice law in Michigan, the state of Georgia, federal courts and the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Michael was born and raised in the City of Detroit. He served in the Marine Corps after high school until he was discharged in Georgia, where he settled and attended both undergraduate and law school. After interning with the Department of Justice, he has continuously represented criminal defendants and civil plaintiffs in Michigan and Georgia courts. Michael was recognized by the State Bar of Georgia Committee on Professionalism in 2007. He returned permanently to Michigan in 2013 and continues to represent clients in both criminal and civil cases.