Heroin use, Heroin possession, Heroin creation, Heroin manufacture, and Heroin delivery are serious drug crimes in Michigan.
If you have been charged with a Heroin drug crime in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing, or throughout Michigan, you are going to need an experienced drug defense attorney!
As a Schedule 1 drug, Heroin crimes carry harsh penalties. If you are found guilty of a Heroin drug crime, you could go to prison for a long time. It is important that you hire an aggressive Michigan Drug Attorney who has the experience and skill to defend you against Heroin drug charges.
Heroin use is popular in Michigan. Street names for Heroin include: Dragon, Dope, Big H, Mud, and Smack. Heroin is synthesized from morphine. It was first marketed as a non-addicting alternative to cough suppressants, but it quickly became clear that Heroin is highly addictive. Drug laws in the United States and Michigan make Heroin illegal; however, doctors in other countries still prescribe Heroin to patients with extreme pain.
Heroin users become addicted to Heroin very quickly. Unfortunately, Heroin users soon build up a tolerance and need more and more Heroin to experience a high. The more Heroin someone uses, the more chance they have of overdosing. In large quantities, Heroin relaxes lung function, and death often occurs when a user stops breathing or chokes on their vomit. Heroin overdose is also a popular way to commit suicide.
Heroin users ingest Heroin in many ways. Shooting Heroin, which is injecting Heroin into one’s veins, is the most popular method of Heroin use. Veins eventually collapse from the repeated shooting up of Heroin, and the Heroin user is forced to find a new vein. Injecting Heroin into the veins gives a user the fastest and most intense rush, which usually occurs within seven to eight seconds. Other methods of using Heroin include snorting Heroin and heating the Heroin to inhale its vapors. When a user inhales Heroin, some residue of the drug is usually left on the inhalation tube. Users will often re-heat that residue and smoke it, which is called Chasing the Dragon.
Heroin remains in the body for a significant amount of time. A Heroin drug test can detect Heroin in blood, plasma, and urine. If you are required to give urine under a probation order in Michigan, and you have a “dirty drop” showing the presence of Heroin, you could be guilty of a probation violation and could end up in jail or prison.
The government’s “War on Drugs” has resulted in stricter drug laws for Michigan. The police are cracking down harder on illicit drug use than ever before. Courts and prosecutors are not lenient with people who commit Heroin drug crimes.
Heroin is a Schedule 1 drug in Michigan, which means Heroin drug crimes come with very severe penalties. There are a variety of Heroin-related crimes in Michigan so the potential punishment depends on the defendant’s exact conviction.
Heroin use is a misdemeanor drug crime in Michigan. If you are convicted of using Heroin, you could go to jail for up to one year, pay a fine of up to $2,000, or both.
Heroin possession is a felony drug crime in Michigan. If you are convicted of possessing Heroin, your punishment depends on the amount of Heroin involved:
• If you possessed 50 grams of Heroin to 449 grams of Heroin, you could go to prison for up to 20 years, pay a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
• If you possessed 450 grams of Heroin to 999 grams of Heroin, you could go to prison for up to 30 years, pay a fine of up to $500,000, or both.
• If you possessed 1,000 grams of Heroin or more, you could go to prison for up to your entire life, pay a fine of $1,000,000, or both.
Heroin manufacture, Heroin creation, Heroin delivery, and possessing Heroin with the intent to manufacture Heroin, create Heroin, or deliver Heroin are all felony drug crimes in Michigan. Your punishment for these crimes will also depend on the amount of Heroin involved:
• If it was 50 grams of Heroin to 449 grams of Heroin, you could go to prison for up to 20 years, pay a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
• If it was 450 grams of Heroin to 999 grams of Heroin, you could go to prison for up to 30 years, pay a fine of up to $500,000, or both.
• If it was 1,000 grams or more of Heroin, you could go to prison for up to your entire life, pay a fine of up to $1,000,000, or both.
However, regardless of which Heroin crime you are convicted of, your sentence could be even more severe if you have a prior drug conviction, delivered Heroin to a minor, or committed your Heroin crime near a school, park, business, house, or church. Your driver’s license will also be suspended for a period of time, even if you were not driving at the time of your Heroin crime. You will also have to pay multiple fines to the State of Michigan.
The Heroin crimes discussed in this article are Michigan drug crimes. It is possible a Defendant could also be charged with a violation of federal drug laws or local drug laws. Because of this, you need a skilled Michigan drug crime lawyer who knows how to effectively deal with state, federal, and local court systems.
Michigan Heroin laws are incredibly difficult to navigate and require an experienced and able drug attorney to do so. Michigan treats all Heroin crimes harshly. Nobody should attempt to defend themselves or hire a lawyer who is not experienced in Heroin cases. At Kronzek & Cronkright PLLC, we have defended Heroin charges throughout the State of Michigan and have the experience and knowledge needed to help you. We take calls 24 hours per day and offer a free initial consultation.