Drug Charges Reduced to Non-Prison Disposition
Mike Brandt’s client was charged with felony Controlled Substance in the Second Degree after he was set up in a sting where he was caught bringing nearly 100 pounds of marijuana into Minnesota. The case was initially investigated by the DEA and there was concern that the case was going to be charged into Federal Court, where Mike’s client would be facing a prison sentence. Mike had the client do numerous proactive things before charges were brought such as enroll in school, complete a drug rehabilitation program, and obtained numerous letters of recommendation. Because of all this, Mike convinced the investigators to submit the case to be charged in state court. Even though the case was charged in state court, because of the quantity of marijuana, Mike’s client was facing a lengthy prison sentence even though his client had no prior criminal record. Notwithstanding that fact, Mike was successful in negotiating with the prosecutor for a reduced charge, arguing the specific facts of the case and the proactive steps his client had taken since his arrest, as well as the client’s lack of prior criminal record. This resulted in the prosecutor agreeing to amend the charge to one that would not result in a prison sentence, but rather a disposition where Mike’s client will have the charges reduced to a misdemeanor as long as he successfully completes his probation. Mike’s client could have been sentenced to 20 years of probation, but Mike convinced the judge to limit the probation to 7 years.