Minnesota residents who have been accused of drug crimes that involved federal charges should know that the penalties they may face if convicted can be severe. This is one of the reasons thta it can be helpful to work with an attorney so that they get proper advice during the defense process.
For some people, a defense may be able to prevent a conviction but for others a good defense outcome may be a conviction for a lesser charge than was originally faced. This may also include a lighter sentence. Every case is unique and must be evaluated as such. A total of 19 people were accused of conspiracy to traffic pure methamphetamine from the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region to central Wisconsin over a period of nearly three years. All 19 have been convicted of these charges after an investigation that involved federal, state and local authorities.
To date, 14 of the defendants have been sentenced to a combined 158 years in federal prison. Individual sentences range from four years and six months to 18 years. Four more defendants will be sentenced in April and a fifth will be sentenced in May. Reports indicate that the judge wanted the sentences to send a strong message to others.
Talking to an attorney after an arrest may be a wise choice for defendants in Minnesota. This may give them the ability to understand the charges and potential penalties so that they can make the best decisions for themselves.
Source: Merrill Foto News, "14th defendant sentenced in 127-pound Minnesota-to-Wisconsin Methamphetamine conspiracy," March 9, 2017