Michigan law prohibits anyone from possessing controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine or heroin. Those who are found to be in possession of significant amounts of a controlled substance may be charged with a felony and face penalties such as jail time, a fine or both.
Penalties are largely based on quantity
If you are found to be in possession of more than 1,000 grams of a substance that is classified as a schedule 1 or 2 narcotic, you could spend up to life in prison. You may also be fined $1 million if convicted on this type of felony drug crime. If you’re found to be in possession of between 450 and 999 grams of such a substance, you could spend up to 30 years in prison. In the event that you’re found with less than 50 grams of a banned narcotic, you could spend up to 20 years in prison and pay a fine of up to $25,000.
Penalties for possession of marijuana
The state has separate rules regarding the possession of marijuana within its borders. For instance, if you are found to be in possession of more than 200 plants, you could be sent to prison for up to 15 years and pay a fine of up to $10 million. Conversely, if you are found with fewer than 20 plants, you could face a prison term of up to four years and a fine of up to $20,000.
A conviction on a felony drug crime may result in a serious interruption to your life and ruin your personal and professional reputations. However, it may be possible to obtain an acquittal or favorable plea deal by casting doubt on witness testimony or other evidence used to charge with felony drug possession.