A Strong Defense Against Drug Crime Charges
A conviction for possession of illegal drugs in South Dakota, other than less than two ounces of marijuana, may bring felony charges, along with jail sentences and other penalties. Controlled substances include prescription drugs illegally obtained and illegal street drugs such as hashish, methamphetamine or other forms of amphetamines, cocaine, MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, bath salts and synthetic/designer drugs.
If you are questioned, investigated or arrested on the basis of criminal allegations involving such substances, do not discuss the matter with law enforcement before you have an attorney present to represent you. You might think that you are simply explaining your situation, but police are trained to gain an admission of guilt through questioning. Let us protect you through communications on your behalf with law enforcement agents and prosecutors.
Avoid The Consequences Of A Drug Conviction
Charges and convictions for possession and distribution of controlled substance or drug paraphernalia can lead to devastating consequences such as:
- Jail time
- Community service
- Loss of driving privileges
- A criminal record
- Loss of eligibility for certain occupations, and even for student loans and grants
Examples of harsh drug crime penalties spelled out in South Dakota’s criminal statutes are as follows: a mandatory sentence in the state penitentiary of at least one year for the first conviction for the manufacture, distribution, counterfeiting or possession of methamphetamine, and at least ten years for a second conviction. These sentences may not be suspended.
Civil forfeiture proceedings are also often pursued by the state during drug busts, resulting in the seizure of vehicles, cash and firearms allegedly associated with the illegal activities. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug offense or have had your personal property forfeited in connection with a search for drugs in your home or vehicle, it is important to seek the counsel of an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.
If we advise and represent you, we will carefully examine your charge and begin developing an effective defense immediately.
Did The Police Use Illegal Search And Seizure?
Often, law enforcement officials become overzealous and commit illegal searches or seizures. It is our goal to ensure that the courts respect your constitutional and statutory rights. Look to Kinney Law, pc, for strong defense and zealous advocacy.
Attorney Matt Kinney has two decades of experience as a drug crime defense lawyer serving the Black Hills area and Rapid City. He provides legal guidance and representation to clients fighting through a wide range of criminal charges. As a skilled criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Kinney will work to ensure that your rights were not violated.
Contact Our South Dakota Firm After A Drug Bust Or Arrest
Whether your drug charge involves drug manufacture, drug distribution, driving under the influence, drug possession, trafficking or civil forfeiture, get personalized counsel as soon as possible.
If you face drug crime charges in South Dakota, contact Kinney Law, pc, to request a consultation remotely or at our Spearfish or Rapid City, South Dakota, offices. Reach us by phone at 605-340-0533 or through our online contact form on this site.