Heroin Possession

Lansing Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer

Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Representing Clients in Lansing, East Lansing, and Throughout Ingham County Charged with Heroin Possession or Possession with Intent to Deliver

Classified as a Schedule I drug, heroin is considered one of the most dangerous, abused, and addictive substances in the state of Michigan. Those arrested for heroin possession or possession with intent to deliver will face extremely harsh criminal penalties if convicted. Lansing drug crime defense attorney Nicholas Leydorf is dedicated to providing those accused of these serious drug offenses with unsurpassed legal guidance and representation, working aggressively to protect your freedom and obtain good results.

Heroin is generally injected, although it may be inhaled or snorted by users. Referred to as "smack," "mud," "dragon" and a variety of other names on the street, a conviction for any heroin-related offense will result in serious consequences which can impact every aspect of your life. Whether guilty or innocent, it is critical you contact a capable Ingham County criminal defense lawyer at once.

Heroin Possession in Michigan

Derived from morphine, possessing heroin is illegal not only in the state, but across the United States. The risk of addiction and dependency on the drug, along with its potentially fatal dangers, make heroin possession an offense that is vigorously prosecuted as lawmakers continue to fight the war on drugs with all of their might.

If convicted of heroin possession, criminal penalties depend on a number of factors including the amount of heroin you allegedly possessed at the time of arrest. These penalties include:

Less than 50 grams of heroin or any mixture containing the substance, fines of up to $25,000, up to 4 years in jail, or both.

Between 50 and 450 grams of heroin or any mixture containing the substance, fines of up to $250,000, up to 20 years in jail, or both.

Between 450 grams and 1 kilogram of heroin or any mixture containing the substance, fines of up to $500,000, up to 30 years in prison, or both.

More than 1 kilogram of heroin of any mixture containing the substance, fines of up to $1 million, maximum of life in prison, or both.

Heroin Possession with Intent to Deliver, Distribute, Sell, or Manufacture in Michigan

Heroin possession with intent to deliver is a more serious charge. Police and prosecutors frequently take a case involving possession, and attempt to trump up the charge to possession with intent. This is particularly true when an individual possesses a large amount of heroin. If convicted of possession with intent to deliver, distribute, sell, or manufacture heroin, the criminal penalties are the same as listed above other than when less than 50 grams is involved. In this case, imprisonment increases from four years to up to 20 years.

Contact Ingham County Drug Crime Attorney Nicholas Leydorf Today

As you can see, the punishment for a heroin-related drug offense are extremely harsh and take away your freedom. In addition, those convicted will experience far-reaching consequences including ruin of their reputations, careers, and relationships. No matter how serious the situation may seem, there are legal options you and your criminal defense lawyer can explore in order to determine the most effective course of action. Ultimately, we will work to prevent a conviction or have charges reduced when possible so that the damage to your life is minimized. Contact The Leydorf Law Firm today at (517)388-6800.