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Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance Charge

In Michigan, it is illegal to sell a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) or possess an illegal drug with the intent to sell. A conviction for the sale of even a seemingly small amount of a CDS can be punishable by years in prison and costly fines. In addition to a prison sentence, a conviction can stay on your criminal record indefinitely and has the potential to affect future employment opportunities as well as the places you may be able to live.

If you or someone you know is being charged with drug sales or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, it is vital to contact Rasor Law Firm as soon as possible. We understand that this can be an overwhelming and stressful time, but you do not have to go through this experience alone. Our Royal Oak criminal defense attorneys have a proven history of success defending against all types of drug charges and have helped numerous clients in your situation. They know Michigan drug laws and they know how to protect you legally if you have been charged with a drug crime.

Questions about your case or Michigan drug laws? Schedule a free consultation and talk to a lawyer today.

Drug Schedules and Classification

In Michigan, illegal drugs are broken down into five categories based on the probability of abuse and the recognized medical value (or lack thereof). There are five categories, known as schedules, which include not only drugs such as heroin and cocaine but also certain compounds which are used in the manufacture or cultivation of many controlled substances. Drug crimes can be charged at both the state and federal level, each with their own rules for classification of substances. Although some distinctions exist, Michigan drug laws follow federal regulations closely.

Penalties for Drug Sales in Michigan

The penalties associated with drug sales are heavily dependent on the drug schedule and amount of a CDS in question. The most serious penalties are associated with “schedule I” drugs and in extreme cases, a conviction can be punishable by life in prison. Although not all penalties will incur such harsh punishments, all charges are extremely serious. A comparatively minor charge for the sale of a small amount of a “Schedule V” drug is punishable but up to 2 years in prison and fines of up to $2,000.

Due to the nature of drug crimes, without an experienced attorney, a suspect may also be facing charges with crimes related to drug sales, such as possession of paraphernalia or trafficking. The exact punishments for criminal sale of a controlled substance depend on the circumstances of the alleged incident and will be different in every case. To learn more about the specific details of your situation, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys as soon as possible.

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