Drug Crimes Overview


Serving Detroit, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Throughout Michigan for those charged with Possession, Intent, Manufacturing, Distribution and Other Drug Offenses

Drug crimes are taken very seriously in the state of Michigan, and the penalties for those convicted are severe. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense at the state or federal level, it is critical that you have a capable and aggressive lawyer who is dedicated to protecting your legal rights and freedom. At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan drug crimes defense attorneys offer vigorous, effective legal representation.

You may be under investigation for or charged with possession of drugs with or without the intent to sell or deliver, distribution, cultivating or manufacturing drugs or other drug-related offense. Depending upon the circumstances, amount and type of drug involved and other factors, you could be facing substantial time in prison, steep monetary fines and other penalties if convicted.

Misdemeanor and Felony Drug Charges in Michigan

Charges classified as misdemeanor offenses typically incur penalties, which are less severe than those, imposed on individuals convicted on felony charges. Whether your case is classified as a misdemeanor or felony will depend largely on the type of drug and the charge, among other factors. Cases involving possession of a small amount of drugs such as marijuana are often charged as misdemeanors, while distribution, manufacturing or trafficking of drugs are automatically classified as felonies. Felony drug crimes often mean mandatory minimum prison sentences for those convicted.

Federal or State Drug Charges Require the Expertise of a Skilled Michigan Drug Crimes Defense Attorney

In most cases, drug crimes are handled and/or prosecuted in the state court system; however, state and federal governments have jurisdiction to enforce drug laws in the U.S. Federal agencies are extremely serious and vigilant when it comes to investigating individuals suspected of drug crimes and even more aggressive when it comes to prosecuting those individuals. Whether the charge is related to illegal drug trafficking, forged prescription drugs or importing illegal drugs from Canada, federal prosecutors are determined to have you found guilty.

Federal drug crimes such as distribution, manufacturing of illegal substances and prescription drug fraud result in extremely severe consequences for those convicted. It is imperative that you have a competent, experienced Michigan drug crimes defense lawyer who is capable of standing up to government agencies and who understands how federal prosecutors work, and how to fight them.

Drug Crimes Under Michigan Law

There are dozens of drug offenses an individual may be charged with or investigated for in the state of Michigan related to the possession, manufacturing or trafficking of various drugs including:

  • Drug Cultivation and Manufacture
  • Drug Distribution and Sale
  • Distribution of Medical Marijuana
  • Drug Charges Pre-File Investigation
  • Federal and Major Felony Drug Trafficking
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of Methamphetamines
  • Cocaine Possession
  • Heroin Possession
  • Ecstasy Possession
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Marijuana Possession With Intent to Sell or Deliver
  • Meth Possession With Intent to Sell or Deliver
  • Cocaine Possession With Intent to Sell or Deliver
  • Heroin Possession With Intent to Sell or Deliver
  • Ecstasy Possession With Intent to Sell or Deliver
  • Prescription Drug Crime Charges

Drug trafficking - This term basically refers to the weight of the drug or substance involved, and not necessarily in the movement of the drugs from one individual to another or across state lines. Possessing a substantial amount of a drug could become a trafficking charge depending on weight. This offense is a Class A felony.

Drug distribution - If you are furnishing, selling or delivering a controlled substance, you may be charged with distribution. Distribution is a Class B felony, and includes distributing any controlled substance including marijuana.

Drug possession - You do not have to have marijuana, cocaine or other drugs on your person to be arrested for drug possession. If illegal drugs are found in your car, your residence, your business office or any area you have reasonable control over, you could be charged with possession.

Drug cultivating or manufacturing - Drug cultivation and manufacturing laws pertain to both naturally occurring plants such as marijuana plants and cannabis seeds, as well as the production of illegal drugs including LSD, ecstasy, methamphetamines or crack cocaine. Even a small amount of drug cultivated for your own use can result in drug cultivating or manufacturing charges.

Individuals arrested or under investigation for the possession, manufacturing, distribution or trafficking of marijuana, heroin, cocaine or other illegal drugs must consult with an aggressive Michigan drug crimes attorney right away. At Grabel & Associates, we provide unsurpassed legal guidance and representation for individuals facing any type of drug related charge. Contact us today at 1-800-342-7896; we are available 24 hour a day seven days a week for a free consultation about your drug crimes case.


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.