Does a Drug Conviction Mean That I Will Have to Spend Time in Jail?


At Grabel & Associates, we understand that individuals who are arrested on drug charges worry that a conviction will result in jail time. While this is true under some circumstances, it is not true in every situation. Our Michigan drug crime defense attorneys work diligently to protect our clients' freedom, preventing jail time when at all possible.

We understand that placing those who have been charged with a drug offense in jail is not conducive to helping an individual rehabilitate; in fact, being incarcerated with those who have potentially committed more serious crimes may ultimately result in the individual developing worse criminal tendencies.

Like with any other criminal offense, there are varying degrees when it comes to crimes involving drugs. For example, a first-time offender arrested for marijuana use will not face the severe penalties that an individual arrested for possession of a large amount of cocaine would face if convicted. We know that first and foremost, it is desirable to obtain the support and legal guidance of a Michigan criminal defense attorney who will fight vigorously to have the charges against you dismissed or reduced.

Will You Be Sentenced to Jail Time if Convicted of a Drug Crime?

The answer to this question depends on a number of factors, including the seriousness of the crime you have been accused of committing, whether you have a prior drug conviction, and the ability of your defense lawyer to fight the charges. If you have already been convicted, appealing the conviction may be an option. It is no secret that in Michigan, much like other states, prisons are overcrowded. Even though the court systems in Michigan punish offenders harshly, those involved in the criminal justice system now lean more in favor of rehabilitation in crimes involving illegal drugs and substances.

In many cases, first-time offenders who have been convicted of a misdemeanor offense may be able to serve probation rather than jail time. Even if you have been sentenced to jail time, our seasoned lawyers may be able to get probation terms so that you spend no time behind bars, or very little time. While judges typically impose sentencing in accordance with Michigan's sentencing guidelines, they have considerable discretion and can use their own judgment in determining the sentence for an individual.

Alternative Sentencing for Drug Offenses

There are several alternatives to jail time including SAI (Special Alternative Incarceration), delayed and deferred sentencing, and probation. SAI is detention in a boot camp-like environment for 90 days, followed by intensely supervised community time in halfway house setting. Delayed and deferred sentencing options are often considered when the judge determines that the individual is not likely to repeat his or her offense. While they sound similar, a delayed sentence makes it possible for your defense attorney to build a stronger case on your behalf and further explore possible sentencing options. A deferred sentence means the individual convicted of a crime will not be sentenced until a later date, and will be given the chance to successfully complete probation in an effort to have the charges dismissed, which ultimately will result in no jail time.

Consult with a Skilled Michigan Drug Crime Defense Attorney

We understand that this is one of the most stressful and frightening situations an individual could find him or herself in; the prospect of spending time in jail leaves much uncertainty, and is something you want to avoid if possible.

At Grabel & Associates, we are highly respected across the state of Michigan for the outstanding results we obtain for our clients. If you have been arrested for a drug offense and are worried about the possibility of jail time if convicted, call our office today. We will review your case and explore the possibilities, but most importantly provide you with unparalleled legal guidance and representation. Contact us 24/7 at 1-800-342-7896 or contact us online for a free consultation.


With Attorney's statewide, Grabel & Associates defend people accused of criminal charges throughout the state of Michigan including the communities of Lansing, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Pinconning, Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, Bay City, Saginaw, Brant, Traverse City, Ludington, Allegan, Hillsdale, Lapeer, Port Huron, Ann Arbor, and Detroit.