4th Degree Drug Crimes

In Minnesota, drug crimes are divided into five different degrees and the degree will primarily depend on the amount, and whether the drug was being manufactured or offered for sale. 4th degree controlled substance crimes are always charged as felonies. The charges are for sale and/or possession of drugs, and require the best criminal defense possible to avoid or mitigate penalties and jail time.


You may be charged with a felony 4th degree drug crime for:

  • The sale of Schedule I, II, or III controlled substances except for marijuana
  • Selling Schedule IV or V controlled substances to a person under the age of 18
  • Employing a person under 18 to help in the sale of Schedule IV or V drugs.
  • Selling any amount of marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinols in a school zone, a park zone, a public housing zone, or a drug treatment facility, except a small amount
  • Possession of one or more mixtures containing phencyclidine or hallucinogen, it is packaged in dosage units, and equals ten or more dosage units
  • Possession of one or more mixtures containing a controlled substance classified in Schedule I, II, or III, except marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinols, with the intent to sell it


The potential penalties for felony 4th degree drug crimes are imprisonment of not more than 15 years or a payment of a fine of not more than $100,000, or both. In addition to this jail time, any property that may have been used to commit the crime may be forfeited. You may lose your car, cash, or any other property associated with the crime.

Long term consequences can be just as harsh. You will find it much more difficult to find employment, housing options may be greatly limited, and it will be nearly impossible to attain any form of financial aid if you would attempt to move on with your life. If you are convicted of felony 4th degree drug charges you will lose any legal right to possess a firearm and voting privileges.

Methods of Defense Against Drug Charges

North Star Criminal Defense will prepare a defense on your behalf that has the goal of having the charges dismissed or at least reduced to mitigate the penalties. Whether you are a first time offender or have previous drug convictions, we will use the following methods in your defense:

  • Analyzing the chain of evidence of the drugs and other items involved in the crime
  • Assessing whether the arrest, investigation and acts by law enforcement complied with due process and other Constitutional protections.
  • Whether you were directly involved in the possession or sale of the drugs, or simply present in the vicinity with no intent or plan to participate
  • Demonstrating your personal and professional credibility to argue for dismissal or reduction of charges

North Star Criminal Defense - Proven Success in Fighting Drug Charges

The Minnesota drug crime lawyers at North Star Criminal Defense have over 30 combined years of successfully defending drug charges of all degrees and throughout multiple jurisdictions, including federal courts in multiple states. We know the law, the defenses, and the strategy necessary in order to obtain resolutions that avoid convictions and jail time. We have helped countless clients overcome these debilitating charges and get back on their feet. If you have been accused of any type of drug crime, you need to contact us right away.