Drug Crime Lawyers for Those in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Throughout Michigan Charged with Drug Crimes Involving Analogue/Analog Drugs
Often referred to as "designer drugs," analogue or analog drugs are those, which are substantially similar in chemical structure to controlled illicit substances. These drugs generally have an effect similar to stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic drugs often experienced with controlled substances that fall in Michigan's drug Schedule I or Schedule II. This essentially means that individuals found in possession of these drugs or with the intent to distribute, manufacture, sell, or deliver will face severe and even life-changing consequences. At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan drug defense attorneys are known throughout the state for reaching positive results for clients charged with various drug crimes.
There are literally hundreds of analog drugs in existence today, including K2 and bath salts which can be purchased at convenience stores and gas stations. These drugs originally came into existence so that individuals could experience the "high" or other effect of illegal drugs, without being charged with a drug crime. Today, both the state of Michigan and the federal government heavily regulate the use of these drugs. In fact, the penalties you may face if convicted of a drug crime, which involves these designer drugs, will be as harsh as those you would face if you were caught using or in possession of the actual drug.
Analog/Analogue Drugs Cause Many Health Concerns
Many people who use these designer drugs believe that because they are not the "real thing," the risks associated with consuming the drugs are lower. This is not true, however. For instance, China White, the name given for the analog alpha-Methylfentanyl, is a drug that is similar in chemical structure to Heroin. The high that users get from this drug is often more intense than that experienced when real Heroin is used. State and federal governments are concerned about the use of these drugs because of the fact that users can easily overdose, resulting in serious health complications or even death.
Michigan Penalties for Crimes Involving Analogue/Analog Drugs
Individuals who are convicted on charges of possession of analogues may face penalties which include fines of up to $2,000, up to two years in prison, or both. Possession is a felony offense which means penalties are more severe than typically found with a misdemeanor offense.
If you are found using an analog drug, you will be charged with a misdemeanor offense. The penalties for use are up to one year in jail, and/or fines of up to $1,000.
Possession with intent is the most serious crime you could be charged with. For example, if you possess analogue drugs and it is determined that you intended to distribute, manufacture, sell, or deliver the drugs, if convicted you may be sentenced to as many as 15 years in prison, along with fines of up to $250,000. This is an extremely serious charge. Additionally, police and prosecutors regularly attempt to "trump up" charges from possession to possession with intent, particularly when the individual is found to have a substantial amount of the analog drug in his or her possession.
First-time offenders may be able to avoid steep fines and jail time due to Michigan's 7411 provision. If you have no prior drug crime, a skilled Michigan drug crime defense attorney with our firm will be able to determine whether you may be eligible to complete probation rather than spend time behind bars. Michigan's provision MCL 333.7411 allows for some first-time offenders to have an offense deferred; upon successful completion of probation, the offense will be dismissed.
Contact a Trusted Michigan Analogue Defense Lawyer Today
We understand how frightening it is to be arrested for a drug-related crime and that you have many questions. At Grabel & Associates, we give you the personal attention you deserve, answering your questions and explaining the legal process so that you have a clear understanding of what you are facing. We also know there are numerous effective defenses that may be used to protect you from harsh penalties. Our Michigan drug crime lawyers will explore all of your legal options and work with you to determine the most effective approach. Our number one priority is to protect your freedom and keep you out of jail.
As a highly respected team of criminal defense attorneys known throughout Michigan for the exceptional results we secure for our clients, we will work vigorously on your behalf. Call our toll-free number today at 1-800-342-7896 to speak with our experienced case analyst or to set up a free initial consultation using our online contact form. We are available 24/7.