Felony Drug Charges Reduced to Diversion Program
Mike Brandt’s client was arrested in Circle Pines, Anoka County, in January of 2016 and was found to be in possession of a large amount of marijuana, as well as some prescription medications that were not prescribed for her. Based on the circumstances, Mike’s client was charged with two felony drug offenses which had a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison.
In preparation for court, Mike had his client take some proactive steps to obtain a chemical use assessment, submit to clean urinalysis tests, and otherwise demonstrate to the prosecutor that she was deserving of a negotiation that would not permanently mar her record. Mike was successful in convincing the prosecutor to allow his client to enter into a Diversion Program whereby Mike’s client entered a plea, but the plea was not accepted by the court and once the client is discharged from probation, the charges will be dismissed and she will be eligible to have all the the records from this incident expunged (sealed) which will put her in the position she would have been in as if this had never happened. This gives Mike’s client the opportunity to walk away with a clean record.