Criminal investigations of drug crimes involve a variety of aggressive investigative techniques, including the use of search warrants, grand jury subpoenas, forfeitures and wiretaps. Investigating agents and officers move quickly, often giving those charged with drug related crimes little time to make critical decisions. On occasion, the government conducts historical investigations, interviewing and subpoenaing people to testify about transactions that occurred years ago.
The drug crime defense attorneys at Willey & Chamberlain have years of combined legal experience handling all sorts of drug crime charges, many of which have involved controlled substance violations. Our experienced attorneys have the expertise and determination needed to handle the most difficult narcotics cases in either federal or state courts.
We handle offenses related to drug manufacture, distribution and possession involving:
- Cocaine (Coke)
- Crack Cocaine
- Medical & Non-Medical Marijuana
- MDMA (Ecstasy)
- Prescription Drugs
Drug-related convictions have serious penalties under federal and state drug laws, and constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment (search and seizure) are often compromised as state and federal agencies aggressively take legal action against alleged narcotics offenders.
Michigan Medical Marijuana
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) was passed by Michigan voters in November 2008. The MMMA allows individuals with certain medical conditions to use and possess medical marijuana, under certain circumstances, without fear of prosecution or criminal conviction in Michigan courts. In fact, the statute specifically provides for immunity from state prosecution or an affirmative defense at a state trial for patients and caregivers acting in compliance. While this well-intentioned statute may seem clear, it is proven to be difficult and confusing for people attempting to benefit from the medical use of marijuana. The law is much narrower than medical marijuana laws of other states, and medical marijuana users risk running afoul of federal laws which outlaw any use, possession, or distribution of marijuana.
The application of medical marijuana in Michigan is continually developing as the legislature creates new laws and Michigan appellate courts continue to interpret and apply the MMMA to patients and caregivers. Since the law was enacted, the legislature has passed new laws regarding the transportation of medical marijuana in vehicles and the type of relationship a patient is required to have with a doctor. The state appellate courts have ruled on dispensaries, the transfer of medicine between patients and the use of marijuana edibles. It has proven difficult for patients and caregivers to monitor all the changes taking place in this area of law. Unfortunately, many well-intentioned patients and caregivers find themselves facing criminal prosecution in Michigan state courts. Those uninformed about the limits of the law can also find themselves facing federal charges.
If you are facing charges for a drug crime, you need aggressive, effective and efficient representation dedicated to protecting your rights and interests at every stage of your case. The experienced drug crime attorneys at Willey & Chamberlain will effectively support you from the grand jury investigation through an appeal.
For more information about how to defend against your drug-related charges, or to learn more about the experienced and trusted drug crime attorneys at Willey & Chamberlain, contact us here or call our office directly at 616.458.2212.