Even if you’re in possession of a minor amount of illegal substances, the penalties you’re facing will likely be severe. The state of Minnesota does not take drug offenses lightly, and the majority of the time the justice system attempts to throw the book at a defendant and seek the maximum sentence. That’s why if you or somebody you know are facing drug charges, it is absolutely crucial to find a criminal defense attorney that will do everything in their power to defend your case.

At Karalus Law, Brian Karalus ensures that every one of his clients gets the defense they rightfully deserved, no matter what the charges may be or how serious the crime. An expert in criminal law, Brian has spent his entire career in private criminal defense and utilizes a strategic and aggressive defense to ensure that your charges are reduced or entirely dismissed.

The following are drugs that are categorized as a violation of the Controlled Substance Law:

  • Cocaine
  • Opium
  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • Methamphetamine
  • Hallucinogenic Mushrooms
  • Anabolic Steroids
  • Prescription Drugs

And possession of these drugs can differ in how they are charged depending on the circumstances:

  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to sell
  • Possession and sale
  • Drug trafficking
  • And more

To go even further, drug crimes are classified into five degrees. First-degree results in the most severe penalties while fifth-degree sentences are the least harsh. It all depends on how much you have on your possession and what the intent appears to be.


  • First Degree – Maximum sentence of 30 years incarcerated and up to a $1 Million in fines.
  • Second Degree – Maximum sentence of 25 years incarcerated and up to $500,000 in fines.
  • Third Degree – Maximum sentence of 20 years incarcerated and up to $250,000 in fines.
  • Fourth Degree – Maximum sentence of 15 years incarcerated and up to $100,000 in fines.
  • Fifth Degree – Maximum sentence of 5 years incarcerated and up to $10,000 in fines.

As seen through the severity of the penalties, if you are being accused of a drug offense, you need to have a skilled defense lawyer begin strategizing your case, and actions to be taken. With Brian Karalus on your side, you can rest assured that you have the best private criminal defense attorney fighting for your rights, and working tirelessly to have your case reduced or dismissed. Your life as you know it is in jeopardy, so take the first step in securing your future and contact Karalus Law today.