A 32-year-old man was recently arrested after the Crookston authorities executed a search warrant on his residence. The Minnesota authorities claim that they found a felony amount of methamphetamine in the man's premises. He now faces charges of first-degree possession, as well as sale of a controlled substance.
The state of Minnesota takes drug charges very seriously, and rightfully so. The manufacture, sale and abuse of drugs is a serious social problem, one that affects many parts of our society and culture. Those who are faced with drug crime charges are in a sobering legal position, and face a wide range of repercussions if a conviction is obtained.
Being convicted of a drug crime can result in long-term consequences for the accused, including jail time, fines, reputation damage and limited employment options. You don't want this to happen to you. In any drug-related case, the state must meet the burden of proof in order to convict, and those accused of drug crimes should speak with a criminal defense attorney about challenging the prosecution's evidence.
Criminal charges often bring civil, social and personal problems to a person's life. Regardless of whether an accused individual is convicted, allegations of illicit activity can damage personal relationships and careers. For one Minnesota man, criminal accusations may result in the forfeiture of his property, despite the fact that charges against him were dismissed by a judge.
A major announcement was made this week by the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder. He said that the president would start expanding his use of commutation. In other words, the president will expand his use of clemency and criminal pardons, specifically when it comes to people who were charged with drug crimes.