Most Minnesota residents know how seriously a felony drug charge can affect their lives if they are convicted. In addition to jail time and fines, parents may also lose custody of any children. This could be the case for one Dakota County mother, who is accused of having eight pounds of marijuana in her home. The woman is disputing the drug charge, arguing that the marijuana belongs to her husband, who uses it for medicinal reasons.

According to law enforcement, the husband and wife, who are both 40 years old, are now facing felony drug charges. The investigation began after her 11-year-old son took a picture of the pot and sent it to his biological father, who reported it to police. The boy's father and mother, who are now divorced, also have a 9-year-old daughter.

Police claim that a search of her home resulted in the discovery of a large amount of marijuana in the master bedroom. They also allegedly found drug paraphernalia and a black digital scale. The mother and her husband face felony fifth-degree marijuana possession, and the husband also faces an added charge of felony fifth-degree sale. Each charge could lead to five years in prison. The woman, a corrections supervisor for Dakota County, was placed on paid administrative leave.

When Minnesota residents are charged with or are under investigation for drug offenses, it is important that they consider working with a criminal defense lawyer. Being charged with a drug offense is not the same as being convicted, and a criminal defense attorney may be able to assist in presenting a strong case to help the defendant.

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press, "Rural Dakota County mom charged with pot possession says marijuana found in home was her husband's," Maricella Miranda, Nov. 16, 2011