Eastern metro counties increased the number of felony prosecutions involving prescription drugs. Dakota County alone saw an almost 40% increase in felony prosecutions involving prescription drugs. As a result, Dakota and other counties are starting to pay more attention to prescription drug abuse. Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington counties have all adopted programs dedicated to prescription drug abuse.
Minnesota defines a felony as a crime punishable by more than one-year in prison. Prescription drugs are treated similarly to other illegal drugs. The sentence for a felony drug sale and or possession conviction in Minnesota can include up to 30 years in prison and or $1,000,000 fine. A conviction for drug possession and or sale can also involve collateral costs, such as the suspension of the person’s driver’s license, vehicle forfeiture, and other consequences.
What does this mean for me?
Prescription drug charges are serious and if you have or will be charged with a felony, it is crucial to contact an experienced Criminal Defense attorney for a free consultation.