Six people, ranging in age from 22 to 44 and residing in several Minnesota communities, will soon have an opportunity to present a defense in court. Each of the individuals was recently taken into police custody during a string of drug investigations. Drug charges against the accused include illegal possession of firearms, as well as possession of fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine. One person also faces criminal charges in connection with the possession of $13,000 in cash.
Multiple law enforcement agencies combined efforts in the investigations, which culminated in the six arrests. The cases are not connected. Each accused person will be arraigned and will stand trial in criminal court. Facing drug charges does not necessarily mean a conviction will be handed down.
Criminal defense strategies can have a significant impact on outcome
Many cases involving drug charges never even make it to trial due to lack of evidence. Others do go to trial, with a portion of evidence deemed inadmissible due to personal rights violations that took place during search and seizure. Because there is no way to predict an outcome, it is always helpful to ask a criminal defense attorney to review a case to determine how various strategies may either help or hurt a particular case.
Drug charges can have far-reaching implications
Facing drug charges in Minnesota may have an adverse effect on a person’s reputation, career and family life. A criminal defense attorney advocates on behalf of a client to try to mitigate circumstances as much as possible. Even if a conviction is obtained, an experienced defense attorney may be able to convince a judge to opt for alternative sentencing options rather than sending someone to jail, especially if it is a first offense.