Being convicted on drug charges can carry very serious consequences. Three men recently sentenced for drug crimes in central Minnesota know this first-hand. Last year, the three men were busted for possessing over 300 pounds of marijuana. They were recently sentenced as a result of their conviction for first-degree drug violations.

One of the men on trial, a 28-year-old, received a sentence of over seven years behind bars for his role in the drug incident. After the three men apparently sold the drugs, they bought a car and drove back to their homes in the southern United States. After a long and complicated investigation, law enforcement officials seized the drugs which were being stored in a Minnesota home. They eventually found the suspects and charged them for drug crimes.

Under Minnesota law, drug charges are considered violent crimes, so they carry significant consequences beyond prison time. After a person is convicted of a drug crime it may be hard for them to hold down a job, find housing or obtain a firearm for hunting purposes. Knowing this, it is vital to employ the services of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney if you are ever accused of drug crimes.

As this case proves, law enforcements officials will conduct long investigations and use tactics to secure a conviction. Having legal counsel to advocate for you will ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process of dealing with criminal charges, from arrest to possible criminal trial. If you are convicted of any crime, you have the right to be treated and sentenced fairly under the law.

Source: St. Cloud Times, "3 sentenced over drugs found in Big Lake Township," Feb. 14, 2012