In Michigan, Methamphetamine charges should be treated seriously by defendants and attorneys.
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People accused of Meth use, Meth possession, Meth manufacture, Meth creation, or Meth distribution are subjected to harsh treatment by law enforcement, prosecutors, and courts. Methamphetamine is a Schedule 2 drug, and if you are convicted of a Methamphetamine-related crime, you could go to prison for a long time. It is important that you have a Michigan Drug Attorney that is a knowledgeable, aggressive drug lawyer to represent you in your Methamphetamine case.
Methamphetamine is a drug that has grown in popularity in Michigan in recent years. It is also known as “Meth,” “Crystal Meth,” “Ice,” “Crank,” or “Chalk.” During World War II, soldiers used Methamphetamine recreationally. However, all use of Methamphetamine is illegal in Michigan without a valid prescription.
Methamphetamine is highly addictive and very dangerous. Meth side-effects include: euphoria, alertness, energy, sociability, paranoia, anxiety, restlessness, convulsions, hallucinations, heart attack, and even death. Meth withdrawal can lead to excessive sleeping and depression. Users of Methamphetamine develop a tolerance to the drug and must continue to take higher and higher doses to achieve the same high. Meth users sometimes have what is referred to as “Meth Mouth,” meaning their mouths hold rotting teeth and gums. Meth use increases the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
Meth drug tests can detect Crystal Meth in a user’s urine, sweat, saliva, or plasma. If you are on probation and are required to give urine samples, any trace of Meth in your system can lead to a probation violation in Michigan.
Methamphetamine use is conducted in many ways. Intravenous injection lets a Meth user feel Meth’s effects the quickest, followed by smoking, anal or vaginal insertion, snorting, and swallowing. Meth addicts often inject the drugs into their veins, as the high occurs in a few seconds, whereas recreational Methamphetamine users might swallow the drug because the high in that case can take up to thirty minutes.
Methamphetamine is often brought into Michigan by foreign drug traffickers. This interstate Meth trafficking has resulted in an increase of federal prosecutions for Crystal Meth cases. However, many people in Michigan are now cooking Meth in small clandestine Crystal Meth labs. These clandestine labs are frequently located in houses and outbuildings, though a new trend is the mobile Meth lab. Mobile labs produce Methamphetamine in trucks, campers, or other moveable places, and are designed to elude the police. Regardless of where Crystal Meth is produced, Meth labs are very dangerous due to the many chemicals used in the cooking process. The news media often carry stories of Methamphetamine labs that have exploded.
Both federal and state law enforcement personnel are aware of the rising Methamphetamine problem in Michigan and are working to stop Meth production and use. You may have noticed in the last few years that when you purchase some cold medications, you have to go to the pharmacy and show them your identification. This is because several common “recipes” for making Methamphetamine include Ephedrine, which is a common ingredient in cold medication.
Child Protective Services and Methamphetamine Crimes
If you are caught making Methamphetamine with children in the home or property where Meth components are present, you should expect that Children’s Protective Services of Michigan will attempt to permanently terminate your parental rights. Children’s Protective Services takes Methamphetamine use and production very seriously and you should, too. If you are being investigated by both CPS and law enforcement, you should consult with a Michigan attorney who regularly practices CPS defense as well as Michigan drug defense.
Forfeiture of Real Property and Personal Property
Because Methamphetamine charges often arise out of a raid on a defendant’s home or property, it is common for prosecutors to commence a forfeiture case in which they are attempting to gain ownership of your land, homes, or belongings. Many Meth labs are found in rural locations or on farmland to hide the odors often associated with the production of Meth. Prosecutors will often attempt to seize all of the land owned by a defendant rather than just the portion of land on which the Meth was produced. Forfeiture cases are civil cases rather than criminal cases. They are separate lawsuits brought by the prosecuting authority that may tie up your assets and make it difficult for you to retain counsel in the criminal case. If you are facing a separate forfeiture proceeding, you should immediately consult with an experienced drug forfeiture attorney.
Michigan drug laws are stricter as a result of the government’s “War on Drugs.” The police are cracking down harder on Methamphetamine crimes than ever before. Prosecutors are not lenient with people who have been caught using, possessing, manufacturing, creating, or delivering Crystal Meth. Also, the consequences of having firearms on location at a property where Meth components are found can be serious.
Punishments for Methamphetamine Crimes
Because Methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule 2 drug, the consequences of being convicted of a Meth crime are severe. In Michigan, many defendants charged with Methamphetamine-related criminal activity end up in prison. Sentences for Meth crimes are based on the actual crime a person is convicted of as well as the scoring under the Michigan Sentencing Guidelines.
Methamphetamine use is a misdemeanor in Michigan. If you are convicted of using Methamphetamine, your punishment is the least harsh of all the Meth crimes. You could go to jail for up to 1 year, pay a fine of up to $2,000, or both.
Methamphetamine possession is a felony. The sentences for this crime are a bit more severe. You could go to prison for up to 10 years, pay a fine of up to $15,000, or both.
Methamphetamine manufacture, Methamphetamine creation, Methamphetamine delivery, or possessing Methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture Meth, create Meth, or deliver Meth are all felony drug crimes in Michigan. If you are convicted of any of these Meth crimes, you could go to prison for up to 20 years, pay a fine of up to $25,000, or both.
There are numerous other factors that could be present in your case that would make the Meth crime’s consequences even more serious than indicated above. These include the proximity to school property or other locations, the presence of firearms, past criminal convictions, and being charged under federal law instead of Michigan law.
Like with other Michigan drug crimes your driver’s license will be suspended for a period of time if you are convicted of a Meth crime. This is something you may want to discuss with your attorney during the course of the representation.
Michigan and federal drug laws are incredibly complex and require a very experienced Michigan drug crime attorney to represent you. Attempting to represent yourself in court or hiring an attorney who does not have specific drug law knowledge can hurt your case. Most drug charges require a lawyer familiar with how to litigate the violations of your constitutional rights that may have occurred in your Meth case.