Minnesota has five degrees of drug crimes. A first degree drug crime is the most serious. Some of the current factors used to determine the seriousness of the crime include: the type of drug (e.g., methamphetamine, marijuana, etc.), the total weight or dosage of the drugs, the location (e.g., school or park zone).
Can I lose my driver’s license for a drug crime?
Yes. If you are stopped by police and the police find drugs in your car — even just a small amount of marijuana – then you can lose your driver’s license for a period of time.
Can the government take my money or other property when I am arrested for a drug crime?
Yes. The government can take money and other property found in proximity to drugs. It is important to know that unless you (or someone with an interest in the property taken) file a petition to challenge the government’s right to take the money or property taken, the government will get to keep the money or other property.
What should I do if I have been charged with a drug crime?
If you have been charged with a drug crime, speak to a knowledgeable defense lawyer as soon as possible. Early preparation by an experienced defense lawyer can increase your chances of a favorable outcome, including the possibility of charges being dropped.