Drug charges in both North Dakota and Minnesota are extremely complex and serious, depending on the type of drug you have either been alleged to have been in possession of, or whether or not you are alleged to have been in possession with intent to sell or distribute.
In both states, drugs are classified into five distinct schedules, known as Schedules I-V. Schedule I drugs are drugs with currently no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some of these drugs include heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and marijuana. Some Schedule II drugs include cocaine, methamphetamine, and Adderall. Schedule III drugs include some painkillers and anabolic steroids. Schedule IV drugs include the sleeping pill Ambien, and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. Finally, Schedule V drugs are typically drugs that contain small amounts of some type of narcotic.
If you have been arrested for either being in possession of a controlled substance or in possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, contact our lawyers today to receive consultation on the potential ramifications that you may face if you are convicted.
While it is illegal to be in possession of certain banned substances, it is also illegal to be in possession of certain items that can be considered drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia generally means all equipment, products, or materials that are used, intended for use, or designed for use in either creating or using a certain drug, and both states have certain criteria to determine whether or not an object is actually drug paraphernalia. If you have been arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, it is important to contact a knowledgeable attorney to discuss your matter and protect your rights.
In North Dakota, possession of marijuana, or possession of marijuana paraphernalia, is considered a Class B Misdemeanor. However, if you are in possession of marijuana while driving a motor vehicle, you can be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor.
In Minnesota, possession of a small amount of marijuana, or the sale of a small amount of marijuana, is considered a Petty Misdemeanor offense. However, if you are in possession of more than 1.4 grams of marijuana in a motor vehicle, you will be charged with a misdemeanor level offense.
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If you have been charged with a drug offense or arrested for drug DUI, contact Nathan Severson or Adam Justinger at Severson, Wogsland & Liebl, P.C. in Fargo to ensure that your rights are being protected. Call us today at 701-297-2890.