Drug Charges

Drug Charges, Macomb County

Drug crimes such as Possession of Heroin and Possession of Marijuana are very serious criminal charges, not only for the individual being charged, but for the community at large. In a recent article of the Macomb Daily, Project Macomb kicks off effort to combat opioids addiction, Linda Davis, president of Families Against Narcotics, said that drug overdoses are at an epidemic level and require more attention.  At this meeting, community leaders and medical professionals came together to discuss a community wide approach to battling the use of heroin. It starts with "limiting painkiller prescriptions." "Opioid painkiller abuse is not only dangerous but has been shown to often lead to heroin addiction; a higher dose of the drug is needed as the addiction progresses, and heroin is cheaper and more available."

On a regular basis this office handles drug crimes in Macomb County, including possession of marijuana, possession of analogues, possession of heroin, possession of ecstasy and possession of other methamphetamines. An individual charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug crime fights two battles: the legal battle in the Court and an addiction that affects every aspect of life.

Drug Possession Penalties

Drug crime penalties are severe. Potential jail, prison, probation and driver license suspension in addition to regular drug testing, treatment and counseling - which are now universally required throughout Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County Courts.

Often times, young or first time offenders may utilize laws that give an opportunity to keep a drug conviction (a felony or misdemeanor) off of their public record. In the legal profession these laws are referred to as 7411 and HYTA.  However, earning a dismissal of the charges means remaining drug free. Typically, challenging the charge and not acknowledging a drug problem risks the use of these laws and risks a felony or misdemeanor drug conviction on your public record.

Intervention and Relapse Prevention

An initial consultation with someone charged with a drug crime also involves a discussion about addiction and support. We want to have a sincere conversation with you and your family about substance abuse and addiction. No matter the charge or the legal outcome no one wants you to become a statistic.

Relapse occurs quite often with addiction. Relapse during any probationary term only compounds your legal difficulties. Having the support and tools to avoid relapse is absolutely necessary to maintain sobriety.  That is why, regardless of what a Court may order during a probationary term, we always encourage individuals to seek knowledge and support necessary to remain drug free.  There are a number of agencies, groups and meetings that you can attend to help with your addiction.