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New partnership's goal is to attack opioid epidemic

A new partnership between the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Duluth Police Department has one goal: to attack the opioid epidemic that is not only gripping the area, but also the entire country. The partnership was announced at the end of July. It will benefit all of St. Louis County as law enforcement agencies work to reduce the number of overdose deaths.

The partnership provides the Duluth Police Department with a new police officer who has received training from the DEA. This officer's duties will include investigating drug cases that center around opioid abuse and prescription drugs. The partnership also gives the Duluth Police Department access to nationwide labs operated by the DEA for investigations performed surrounding drugs.

Taking a look at the marijuana laws of Minnesota

The laws surrounding marijuana in the state of Minnesota changed greatly in 2014 when the state signed medical marijuana legislation into law. Marijuana has not been decriminalized in Minnesota, one of the many states in the country yet to decriminalize the drug. Here is a brief look at the marijuana laws of the state of Minnesota.

The following are the charges levied against subjects found with marijuana on their person in the state of Minnesota:

  • 42.5 grams or less: This is a petty misdemeanor that comes with a $200 fine and possible enrollment in a drug education course.
  • Possession of marijuana above 42.5 grams up to 10 kilograms: This is charged as a felony and comes with a fine of up to $5,000 and no more than five years in jail.
  • Possession of marijuana between 10 and 50 kilograms: This is also charged as a felony, but it comes with no more than 20 years in jail and up to a fine of $250,000.
  • Possession of marijuana between 50 and 100 kilograms: This is charged as a felony and it comes with no more than 25 years in jail and a fine of $500,000.
  • Possession of marijuana totaling 100 or more kilograms is charged as a felony and comes with jail time of no more than 30 years and a fine of $1,000,000.

The benefits of a defense plea bargain

Being charged with a federal crime can put you in a pretty bad situation. You will likely experience a lot of uncertainty about your future and what it entails. When you begin to create a defense to the federal crimes charges, you will likely consider looking into plea bargains. Plea bargains offer the following advantages.

Receiving a reduction in charges is one of the biggest advantages of using a plea bargain as a defense to a federal crime charge. This is the most common type of plea deal and helps you get a lesser charge on your record. A reduction in the charge might also give you access to privileges you might have lost with the original charge, such as a driver's license or the right to vote.

Growing marijuana in Minnesota can result in felony charges

Minnesota passed a medical marijuana law in 2014. Other states continue to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. More and more people believe that using or even growing one's own marijuana should not be a crime. The law regarding growing marijuana has not changed, and it remains a crime in Minnesota, even for those with a medical marijuana recommendation.

Those with qualifying conditions under Minnesota's medical marijuana program may not have the financial means to comply with the law. Because the law requires medical marijuana patients to purchase from state-licensed shops and has quite a few annual fees, those with debilitating medical conditions may choose not to participate. The program offers no protection for patients growing their own medicine.

Wizard war gets frighteningly real in St. Cloud

Police in St. Cloud say that a dispute over a "Magic: The Gathering" game ended in real violence over the weekend, resulting in one friend under arrest and the other suffering from serious injuries.

"Magic: The Gathering" is an extremely popular trading-card and online roll-playing game in which players take on the role of Wizards and battle stables of magical creatures until one Wizard loses all of his "life points." The game is a worldwide phenomenon with millions of devotees.

Minnesota woman faces criminal charges after a prank gone wrong

Facing criminal charges can be a shocking and overwhelming experience. For some accused individuals in Minnesota and elsewhere, being charged with a crime is more than unforeseen. Whether it is due to supposed carelessness or allegedly intentional misconduct, some defendants could face serious criminal allegation. Therefore, even in the most unexpected situation, defendants should understand that they have criminal defense options available to them.

According to recent reports, a 19-year-old Minnesota woman was charged for a violent crime after she informed authorities about a video stunt that went wrong with her boyfriend. The young woman was charged with second-degree manslaughter after her call to police that her boyfriend died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

What criminal penalties could result following a DWI?

It is nerve wracking to get pulled over by a police officer; however, it is even worse when a driver discovers that the officer suspects that he or she is under the influence of alcohol. Drunk driving a charge that could result in serious penalties, especially if the driver has a past record of DWIs.

What criminal penalties could result following a DWI? There are three administration sanctions that could result following a DWI conviction is Minnesota. The first is license revocation. If it is a driver's first offense, revocation could occur for 90 days if their BAC was under .16. It goes up to 180 days if the driver was under the age of 21. If the driver's BAC was above .16, he or she will have their license revoked for 1 year. Finally, if a driver refused to submit to a breath or blood test, he or she will automatically have their license revoked for one year. It should be noted that if a driver has previous DW charges, the length of revocation increases.

Understanding possession with the intent to distribute

Being accused of a drug crime is a serious predicament to be in. This is especially true when it is a person's first offense, and they are not fully aware of the situation or the potential penalties he or she could face. Even when a drug crime appears to be simple or minor, it could carry with it significant consequences that could impact the accused's personal and professional life and reputation. Thus, it is important for individuals in Minnesota and elsewhere accused of a drug crime to understand the situation and how they could assert a defense against the charges.

Based on federal laws, when a person is accused of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it, this is considered an illegal act that can be punishable by fines and imprisonment. When assessing this charge, it is important to look at this crime in three parts. These include possession, intent to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute.

Begin building your defense to drug charges immediately

Drug charges come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have the power to derail your life. While Minnesota does allow for medical marijuana usage under certain circumstances, the penalties for drug convictions remain fairly stiff, even for relatively minor offenses.

If you recently received drug charges, you should do everything in your power to fight these charges. In most cases, the most effective way to fight your drug charges is to enlist the representation of an experienced, aggressive defense attorney who understands how to use the law to fight for you.

Are you facing a felony firearms charge?

Felony firearms charges are serious business. While the punishments can vary widely, "slap on the wrist" sentencing is not something to expect. When a firearms charge reaches felony status, you need to use every tool you have available to protect your future, or face the possibility of many years behind bars.

An experienced, aggressive defense attorney can help you evaluate the circumstances surrounding your charges and any pre-existing marks on your criminal record that could affect your sentencing.

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