Drug Laws

In Michigan, there are many laws involving controlled substances. The use, possession, sale, and driving under the influence are regulated.

At ArborYpsi Law, we have experience representing people charged with drug crimes, from possession to drug dealing to drugged driving.

Keeping Convictions Off Your Record

There are several ways to keep a drug charge off your record. For example, certain plea bargains will allow you to ensure a conviction cannot be seen by a public. Such plea bargains may depend on your age, prior record, and the consent of the prosecution.

Fighting Drug Charges

You may wish or need to fight the charges. At ArborYpsi Law, we regularly take cases to trial and fight cases through motions. We continuously study the drug laws and the science of drugs. We are prepared to fight the case against you.

Different Types of Drug Charges

Below is an outline of the drug crimes in general, with links to the specific penalties for each crime.

The potential penalty depends on the type of drug the person uses.

Drug Use Laws

A person may not use a controlled substance without a prescription. Illegal drugs use is a misdemeanor. The seriousness of the misdemeanor depends on what drug is charged.

Read our Michigan Drug Use Laws Page for a complete list of potential penalties.

Drug Possession Laws

Illegal drug possession can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the type of drug involved in the charge. The seriousness of the felony may also depend on the amount (number of grams) of drug in the charge.

Read our Michigan Drug Possession Laws Page for a complete list of potential penalties.

Drug Dealing

The manufacture, sale, and distribution of controlled substances are serious crimes.

Read our Michigan Drug Dealing Page for potential penalties.

Possession with Intent to Deliver

This is where a person has drugs with the intent to sell the drugs. This charge doesn’t require proof of an actual sale. The penalties are the same as actual drug dealing. There are defenses to possession with intent to deliver crimes.

Read our Possession with Intent to Deliver Page for more information.

Drugged Driving

There are two types of drugged driving.

The charge operating with the presence of a schedule 1 substance or cocaine outlaws driving with any amounts of those drugs in the system. The key phrase in this charge is “any amount.” It does not matter whether you were under the influence of that drug while driving. Examples of schedule 1 drugs includes heroin, ecstasy, and marijuana.

You may also be charged with operating while intoxicated by a controlled substance (other than schedule 1 substance or cocaine). Examples of such controlled substance include Xanax, Valium, and Ritalin.

It is not against the law to drive with these drugs in your system. To be guilty, you must be under the influence of the drug while operating. This means your ability to drive was substantially lessened by the controlled substance.

What is a Controlled Substance?

Have you been charged with a drug crime? Click on the links below to see a complete list of controlled substances.

Specific Drugs

Contact ArborYpsi Law at 734.883.9584

Call Sam Bernstein at 734.883.9584 or e-mail at bernstein@arborypsilaw.com.

Sam Bernstein is a Criminal Defense Attorney in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

ArborYpsi Law is located at 4158 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

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