Drug Crimes

Southfield Drug Crime Allegations Defense Attorney

Accused? Our Expert Team Offers the Defense Strategy You Need.


The attorneys of Satawa Law have wide-ranging experience in representing clients who have been charged with drug crimes. Narcotic and drug offenses are the most widely prosecuted crimes throughout the state of Michigan, and you should be aware that if you have been charged with a drug violation you should exercise your right to remain silent until your attorney arrives. It is very likely that you have rights you are not fully aware of, and an experienced attorney with expertise in drug offenses will aggressively defend those rights. If the police have not arrested you, but merely want to “talk” to you, they probably don’t have enough evidence to charge you, but are hoping you will incriminate yourself by talking to them. Contact Satawa Law immediately if the police ask to speak with you in a drug-related crime.

Legal Strategies Available

The penalties in Michigan for drug crimes can be quite severe, ranging from prison to jail time, probation, community service, and heavy fines and court costs. The sentencing guidelines for federal drug offenses are particularly draconian, and contain mandatory minimums as high as 5 or 10 years for even possession of large quantities of narcotics.

These penalties can have far-reaching consequences to your future, making it difficult for you to either keep the job you have, or get a job you are qualified for. They can make you ineligible to vote, carry a weapon, or even get student loans – you could even face losing your family over the charges. Before you allow your future to be taken away, you should be aware that an experienced criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in federal and state drug laws can effectively defend your rights. Satawa Law attorneys have successfully helped many clients whose legal problems involved drugs — whether they are charged with use, possession, manufacture, or distribution.

Evidence Against You

The strength in drug crime cases is typically the physical evidence, such as the drugs which were seized during the arrest, or test results conducted by police officers. In some cases a knowledgeable drug crime attorney can defend you against drug charges simply by challenging the validity of the evidence as relating to how it was obtained, found, seized or tested. You need an attorney who can disqualify the evidence against you, and successfully negotiate with the prosecution to minimize the possible penalties, reduce the charges against you, or even possibly negotiate counseling or rehabilitation in place of other, much more severe, penalties.

Federal and State Drug Possession Laws

Both Federal law and Michigan law make it a crime to possess illegal substances such as marijuana, meth, cocaine, LSD, heroin or club drugs such as ecstasy and prescription drugs such as Oxycontin. Increasingly, people are being charged with combination cases involving alcohol and other drugs, possible even over-the-counter medications. Even when a person has not consumed enough alcohol to impair their driving, they may have also been using a specific medication which led the officer to believe he or she was intoxicated.

The increasing use of anti-anxiety drugs such as Prozac or Zoloft has led to a sharp increase in combination cases, and if you have been charged in such a case, you should be aware they are quite complex to defend. The Satawa Law attorneys consider both the long and short term consequences when formulating a legal strategy in your drug crime case. We are highly knowledgeable of federal and state drug crime laws, and have successfully defended all types of drug crime cases. To protect your future, call Satawa Law today.

Photo of city downtown

All CONSULTATIONS are confidential and completely no-obligation to you. We serve Southfield, Oakland County, metro Detroit, and the entire State of Michigan.

What is Prescription Fraud?

Prescription fraud is a criminal offense which involves misrepresentation in order to obtain prescription drugs. A person might steal a physician’s blank prescription pad then forge all the information on the slip, or could alter a prescription which has already been written in order to obtain prescription drugs with the intent to sell them to others. Specific prescription drugs are considered to have a very high potential for abuse so tend to be closely regulated by the government.

​Michigan law views distribution of prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Valium, Vicodin and Xanax in much the same way they would view it if you are found distributing cocaine, heroin, marijuana or other “hard” drugs. In short this can mean that a conviction for distribution of prescription drugs can quite conceivably land you in jail, or you could even serve prison time. If you have been charged with distribution of prescription drugs.

Schedule II Drugs 

Because they have a high potential for abuse—as well as well-documented medical uses—many prescription drugs are considered Schedule II drugs. The penalties for sale and distribution of a Schedule II drug will vary to some extent by the quantity of the drug in your possession, whether a serious injury or death is associated with the sale of the prescription drugs, and whether or not this is your first offense.

The Federal penalty for the sale of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug is not less than five years, and not more than forty years, unless death or injury is involved which can bump it up to no less than 20 years, and not more than life in prison. If this happens to be your second offense, you could face a fine of up to $2 million dollars. The Michigan state penalties for possession with intent to deliver of less than 25 grams of prescription drugs is from one to 20 years in prison, up to $25,000 in fines, or the remainder of your life serving probation so you can see it is definitely in your best interests to hire an experienced Michigan drug attorney should you find yourself in this type of trouble.

Contact Satawa Law

As with any serious crime charges don’t volunteer any information to the police; remain silent aside from telling them you do not wish to talk until you have consulted your attorney. Don’t give the police free rein to search your car or your home, rather call Satawa Law immediately. The attorneys at the law firm of Satawa Law will diligently represent you if you’ve been charged with the distribution of prescription drugs. You want an attorney who will work hard—and has the knowledge and skill necessary—to obtain the very best possible disposition of your distribution case.

Attorneys who practice in the area of drug defenses must be very skilled at defending your Constitutional rights as well as knowledgeable about the specific Michigan and Federal drug laws. Drug distribution charges have potentially severe consequences, including fines, forfeiture of property and incarceration. Whenever possible, our attorneys will challenge the admissibility of criminal evidence based on your Fourth Amendment rights which protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures. The bottom line is that our attorneys will aggressively fight for your freedom, your reputation and your future.

Possession of Prescription Drugs

Michigan drug laws are meant to crack down on the illegal possess, use or distribution of prescription drugs; even though a drug can be legal when properly prescribed by a doctor, it can

be illegal when used without a valid prescription. It is vital that you have a great Michigan drug crime defense lawyer on your side if you have been charged with such a crime. Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Michigan, and across the nation, and OxyContin is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs.

What Types of Prescription Drugs are Involved?

Most often the abuse of prescription drugs revolves around pain medications. When taken in a high enough dosage, the effect of a prescription drug is similar to the use of an illegal street drug.

OxyContin, also known as Oxy is considered a Schedule II drug; if you are convicted of using OxyContin illegally, you could go to jail for up to one year, pay a fine of $2,000, or both. OxyContin possession is charged as a felony, and the potential prison time you could face will depend upon the amount in your possession at the time of arrest.

For less than 50 grams you could face up to four years in prison and fines of up to $25,000;  possession of 50 grams to 449 grams could send you to prison for up to 20 years and cost you as much as a quarter of a million dollars. Thirty years in prison and a half a million dollar fine could be the penalty for possession of 450 grams to 999 grams of OxyContin, and possession of over 1000 grams can garner you life in prison or a whopping million dollar fine.

Other Factors

Your sentence could even be increased from those above should you have a prior drug record, and your driving privileges may be taken away for up to a year. If you are not a doctor and are caught with a physician’s prescription pad in your possession, your sentence can be just as harsh as if you were caught with the drugs themselves. If this happens to be your first charge for possession, you may be able to have your case taken under advisement and dismissed once you complete successful probation. The attorneys at Satawa Law will, of course, do their best to convince the court that you are a good candidate for this type of alternative sentencing program. If you are allowed to have your drug case taken under advisement, you can avoid the embarrassment of having a felony drug record.

If you or a loved one has been charged with possession of prescription drugs, call the highly experienced criminal defense attorneys of Satawa Law immediately. They are well- versed in the defense of drug charges of all types. The attorneys of Satawa Law believe in your innocence and fight to win, so it’s important that you call us immediately upon your arrest before you speak to the police.


Possession of Marijuana

In truth, if you are caught in the state of Michigan carrying around a small amount of marijuana which is strictly for your own use, the punishment should not be overly severe, although you can certainly be arrested and there are serious possible repercussions. Michigan tends to be unusual in their state laws regarding marijuana possession because they make little distinction between the offenses in that most of the charges are not separated by weight of the drug--the crime is strictly for the act of possession itself. 

Crime of Possession in Michigan

Possession of any amount of marijuana in the state of Michigan is charged as a misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,000, and up to a year in jail. You could also have your driver’s license suspended for six months, and be unable to drive at all during the first 30 days. After the thirty days is up, the Court can issue a Restricted License for the remaining five months. The actual consumption of marijuana is charged as a separate crime, and should you be caught smoking marijuana in your own home you can be given 90 days in jail and a $100 fine. In most cases, due to the wide discretion of the judge, first-time offenders are often given community service, rehab and probation rather than time in jail for possession of marijuana. If this is your first offense, and you hire an experienced attorney who is well-versed in the specific drug laws in Michigan, you could have your charges conditionally discharged. 

What is a 7411?

If you have any prior criminal convictions, or if your cocaine crime involves a minor, your sentence could be much more severe. All drug convictions in Michigan, including possession of cocaine can also cause you to lose your driving privileges for six months—even if you were not driving at the time of your arrest. Although you may be able to get a Restricted License, until your regular license is reinstated, you will also have to pay the State of Michigan significant fines to reinstate your driver’s license.

What is a Conditional Discharge?

The state of Michigan offers a conditional discharge for those accused for the first time of possession of marijuana. This means you will be released to probation without having to go through the embarrassment and expense of a trial. Once you have completed the probation as ordered, your possession charges will be dropped, however should you violate your probation you will find yourself back in court, facing the original potential sentence.

Whether you are facing the minimum amount of time in jail, a longer amount of time in prison, expensive fines or a criminal record which will follow you for life, you just can’t take a chance with your future. The so-called war on drugs has led to substantial increases in the severity of punishment for those convicted of drug offenses. The lawyers at Satawa Law have handled literally hundreds of drug offense charges for their clients, whether the case is in state or federal court. Their experience and aggressiveness in defending such offenses give you the very best chance for a positive outcome.

Aftermath of a Marijuana Possession Conviction

Aside from the possible jail time, fine and suspended license, there is a very real possibility that a drug conviction can affect your life in other ways. It could prevent you from getting a job you really want, or could cause you to lose a job your currently have. If you are convicted of possession of marijuana and lost your license, it’s a good bet your insurance rates will skyrocket. If you’ve been charged with possession of marijuana, it is imperative that you hire a lawyer who has extensive experience—and good client outcomes--with drug cases. Attorneys at Satawa Law have that knowledge and experience and will fight hard to ensure the best result possible following your possession charges. 


Possession of Medical Marijuana

November, 2008 saw the state of Michigan adopt the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) which allowed for the medical use of marijuana—although all non-medical use is still considered illegal. The reason behind the passing of this medical marijuana law is to treat patient’s pain and other symptoms associated with specific medical conditions. Under the MMMA, only two types of people are legally allowed to handle medical marijuana—the patient with a valid prescription from a licensed physician, and that patient’s primary caregiver.

To be considered a primary caregiver under Michigan law, the person must be at least 21 years old, must not have a felony drug conviction on their record, and must agree to assist the patient in their medical use of marijuana. The caregiver is allowed to assist as many as five patients at a time, and can charge a realistic fee for the service.

Protection Under the MMMA Law

Unfortunately, the Michigan Medical Marjiuana Act has not stopped many police officers from attempting to prosecute individuals who are legally allowed to use, possess and cultivate marijuana for medical purposes. If you have a valid prescription for medical marijuana, as well as a registry identification card, and are charged with possession, don’t immediately assume that you are safe from prosecution. Even though you are fully in the right, call an attorney who has experience in Michigan marijuana laws, and has a full understanding of the nuances of the MMMA.

Should you be charged with illegal possession of medical marijuana and do not yet possess a valid registry identification card, you will also want to immediately hire an experienced drug attorney, and discuss how you may qualify for protection under the MMMA. Section 8 of the medical marijuana law states that if a person is caught with marijuana but is not in possession of a registry identification card, they may still qualify for a level of protection under the statute.

An attorney who is familiar with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act can properly argue that should you have applied for a registry card, you would have most likely been approved. In order to successfully implement this argument, however, either the patient or patient’s caregiver will have to show that if a physician reviewed the patient’s entire medical history they would reasonably conclude the patient would benefit from the use of medical marijuana. Secondly, the patient or caregiver will need to show they were in possession of an amount which could be considered reasonably necessary to treat such a medical condition. Finally, the patient or caregiver’s attorney will need to show they were growing, possessing, using, transporting or delivering the marijuana strictly for medical purposes.

What if the Police Come to My Door?

The Michigan police could come to your door and inquire about your use or possession of medical marijuana. Should they see or smell anything potentially illegal inside your home, they may decide to come in and search. Your attorney may be able to prove that the search was unwarranted and have the charges thrown out entirely. 

Restrictions on Medical Marijuana Usage

Be aware that you are not allowed to possess or use medical marijuana in a school bus, on school grounds, within 1,000 feet of school property, or in a correctional facility. You may not smoke medical marijuana in a public place or while riding on public transportation, and you may not operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of medical marijuana. 

Call Satawa Law

Should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having been arrested for the possession of medical marijuana, Satawa Law is the law firm to call. The attorneys at Satawa Law have helped literally hundreds of clients who have found themselves in a similar situation. Satawa Law attorneys are fully knowledgeable about the specific rules surrounding medical marijuana possession. Their experience covers patient/caregiver confidentiality, medical marijuana in the workplace, the perspective on medical marijuana by law enforcement personnel, the potential conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws, and the legal limitations imposed on the possession of medical marijuana. Satawa Law attorneys will ensure you are able to get your life back in the most expedient manner possible. 


Possession of Cocaine

According to Michigan law, if you are convicted of cocaine use, possession, manufacture or delivery, you could conceivably go to prison for a very long time. Cocaine is considered a Schedule 2 drug, meaning serious penalties accompany the crime. An experienced, aggressive and highly skilled attorney is critical if you have been charged with any cocaine offense. The attorneys of Satawa Law have a solid and successful reputation in defending their clients who have been charged with possession of cocaine; to avoid possible lifetime repercussions, call our office now. 

What is a Schedule 2 Drug?

Michigan categorizes drugs into different categories, known as “schedules.” Schedule One is considered the worst level of drugs, with Schedule Five being considered the drugs which are the least likely to promote abuse. Interestingly, the Michigan Legislature has labeled Ecstasy, codeine, heroin, mescaline, peyote, marijuana, “magic mushrooms”, and any other drugs considered narcotics as Schedule One drugs, while classifying cocaine, opium, amphetamines and methadone as Schedule Two drugs.

Though it seems unbelievable, the penalties for possessing a Schedule One or Two controlled substance can range as high as life in prison. Even having a small amount of cocaine can lead to charges which bring a possible sentence of up to two years in prison. For this reason it is imperative that you contact an experienced drug lawyer as soon as you find yourself being charged with a drug related felony.

Cocaine Use Vs. Cocaine Possession

Cocaine use is considered a misdemeanor in Michigan; if you should be convicted of using cocaine, you would be subject to up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. Contrarily, cocaine possession is a felony crime in Michigan, and your punishment is dependent upon the amount of the drug in your possession. A possession conviction of less than 50 grams of cocaine can send you to prison for as much as four years as well as a fine of $25,000. Possession of 50 grams to 449 grams could find you spending as much as twenty years in prison and paying a fine of as much as $250,000. For possession of 450 grams to 999 grams, your prison time could be as much as thirty years, and the fine could be half a million dollars. Finally, a conviction for possession of over 1,000 grams of cocaine could send you to prison for life, and cost you as much as a million dollars. As you can see, possession of cocaine is a very serious crime in the state of Michigan. 

Other Factors in Possession of Cocaine Charges

If you have any prior criminal convictions, or if your cocaine crime involves a minor, your sentence could be much more severe. All drug convictions in Michigan, including possession of cocaine can also cause you to lose your driving privileges for six months—even if you were not driving at the time of your arrest. Although you may be able to get a Restricted License, until your regular license is reinstated, you will also have to pay the State of Michigan significant fines to reinstate your driver’s license.

Why Satawa Law?

In some cases you can be charged under Federal law for cocaine possession; it is critical that you have a Michigan drug attorney who has significant experience in defending drug crimes. The attorneys at Satawa Law are highly skilled in arguing violations of your Constitutional rights against unreasonable or unlawful searches and seizures. Drug cases can also involve violations of your Fourth Amendment rights therefore an exceptionally competent Michigan drug lawyer is of the utmost importance.

Many times detectives and police officers will attempt to get you to speak to them prior to speaking to your attorney. Whatever you do, do not get sucked into do this. Once you have retained Satawa Law, they will handle all communications with the police. Your job will be to remain as calm as possible and allow our attorneys to take care of everything else. The consequences of a cocaine possession conviction are far-reaching and serious. Don’t let your life be completely derailed by such a conviction—call the law firm of Satawa Law.


If you have been arrested or accused of a drug charge, our team of Southfield defense lawyers are ready to help defend your rights and protect your future. We understand the life-changing nature of these types of charges. We never judge or assume; rather, we immediately start to try and determine the best way to win that case. We do that while providing our clients with the empathetic and compassionate guidance they need to get through this difficult time.

We have won the majority of the many cases we have defended at trial, and can use our extensive experience and expertise to help you as well. Do not wait for the police or prosecutors to make the first move. Speak with our Southfield defense team now, and allow us to put our knowledge, skill, and expertise to good use.


Simply put, we are not afraid to take on prosecutors. We know that a relentless, effective, and well-thought out defense strategy will be critical to the success of a case. Because we always prepare every case extensively from the very beginning of our representation, we can offer persuasive rebuttals to any allegations brought by the Prosecution. We developed a multi-disciplinary approach, using a team of professionals to investigate and prepare our defense – experts, psychologists, lawyers, trial consultants, investigators, and jury consultants to prepare our client and our case for trial. We employ mock trials, practice direct and cross examinations, focus groups, client reenactments, and interview every possible witness to leave no trial stone unturned, and put the case in the best position to be won. When falsely accused of a crime, we demand that our clients to be treated fairly and equally by the justice system. We defend their rights, and protect their future.

CALL US: (248) 356-8320