Helping You Take Control Of Drug Charges
If you face drug charges, everything you worked so hard for — your education, your career and your reputation — could be in danger. To address these serious charges, you should partner with an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands Minnesota’s drug laws. At Rolsch Law Offices, we have over 30 years of experience representing clients threatened by drug charges. We will protect your rights and pursue the best outcome possible given your situation.
During your initial consultation, attorney Steve Rolsch will clearly explain the charges against you and answer all of your questions. The legal system is complex, but we want every client to fully understand what to expect. We will provide the in-depth information you need to make informed decisions for your future.
We represent clients facing all manner of charges, including:
- Possession: The most common drug charge, possession involves willfully possessing a controlled illegal substance. Minnesota categorizes possession by degree, with first-degree charges the most severe and fifth-degree charges the least severe.
- Distribution: This is the act of transferring drugs in exchange for money. It is also categorized by degree. A conviction of first-degree possession or distribution can result in a prison sentence of up to 30 years and a fine of up to $1 million.
- Trafficking: Trafficking charges depend on the amount of a substance and the intention to sell it. Trafficking drugs — especially across state or international borders — is a felony that can lead to life in prison.
- Driving under the influence of drugs: Many people do not realize that they can receive a DUI or DWI for drugged driving, even with prescription drugs. A conviction may result in probation, loss of driving privileges, a mandatory treatment program and jail time.
A Prior Conviction Could Turn A Misdemeanor Into A Felony
To discourage repeat offenses, Minnesota treats gross misdemeanor fifth-degree possession as a felony if the defendant has a prior drug conviction. If you have a conviction on your record and law enforcement catches you with an illegal substance, the court could bump your misdemeanor charge to a felony. It is crucial to defend against a second conviction — or, better yet, prevent a first — to avoid serious and long-lasting repercussions.
Discuss Your Case With An Experienced Attorney
At Rolsch Law Offices, our capable criminal defense lawyer will protect your rights, no matter the complexity of your drug charges. Schedule a consultation at our Rochester law office to discuss your case. To make your appointment, call 507-280-1943 or toll-free at 800-356-1943. You may also reach us online.