Criminal Defense – Drug Crimes 2023-11-30T17:57:01+00:00

Fargo Drug Crime Defense Attorney

Aggressive representation in drug-related charges

A drug crime conviction can have a devastating impact on your life.  It is important that you hire the right North Dakota criminal defense attorney.  Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony drug offense, Attorney Edinger will provide you with an aggressive defense to any North Dakota drug crime charge.  With over two decades of experience, Attorney Edinger has represented hundreds of clients like you, dealing with a wide range of drug-related offenses including paraphernalia, possession, possession with intent to deliver, manufacturing, and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute.

Drug charges in North Dakota can be extremely complex

Depending on the type of drug you are charged with, the amount, the location, the intent, the basis for the search, and other circumstances, you may have several legal defenses available.  For the best chance of a favorable outcome, your next step is to call an experienced attorney today.

State v. J.S. (Stutsman County)

In Stutsman County, Defendant was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class A Felony.  At the preliminary hearing, Judge Clark found there was not probable cause to believe Defendant guilty of the charged offense.  The charge was dismissed!

State v. R.H. (Cass County)

Defendant was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Class C Felony. Defendant was stopped for failing to use his turn signal properly. The officer had already called backup and the K9 drug dog to help him investigate this minor traffic violation before he approached Defendant. The officer had no intention to ever cite Defendant for the minor traffic violation. Instead, Defendant was forced to remain at the scene for 15 minutes until the K9 drug dog appeared. Mr. Edinger filed a motion to suppress, arguing the drugs were illegally seized. Judge Stiel granted the motion to suppress because Defendant was seized after the completion of the turn signal investigation. The State did not bother to appeal and the case was dismissed.

State of North Dakota v. M.H. (Cass County, North Dakota)

Defendant was charged with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Defendant was facing the possibility of twenty years in prison. The police officer was investigating a crime at the local truck stop. Defendant was lawfully parked at the truck stop. Defendant's vehicle matched the general description of the suspect's vehicle. However, the police officer did not observe any illegal behavior or any traffic violations. Nevertheless, the police officer parked his car immediately behind the defendant. The defendant could not move his vehicle. At the motion to suppress hearing, Mr. Edinger successfully argued the police officer had illegally seized the defendant because he did not have reasonable articulable suspicion that the defendant was committing a crime. The district court judge agreed and granted the motion to suppress. Subsequently, all three felonies were dismissed for lack of evidence! According to Assistant State's Attorney Mark Boening, the prosecutor handling the case, the Fargo police department now trains their officers not to block a vehicle's pathway unless they have reasonable articulable suspicion to believe the motorist has committed a crime or they witness a traffic violation.

State v. Nickel, 836 N.W.2d 405 (ND 2013)

Defendants were convicted of conspiracy to deliver controlled synthetic cannabinoids. The convictions were based on a warrantless search and seizure of a package at We Ship in Mandan. Mr. Edinger successfully argued the search and seizure violated his client's Fourth Amendment rights. The North Dakota Supreme Court agreed, reversing the convictions. Subsequently, the charges were dismissed for lack of evidence.

State v. Avila, 566 N.W.2d 410 (ND 1997) 

Defendant was convicted of possession with the intent to deliver marijuana. The police smelt marijuana emanating from an apartment, where the defendant was a guest. The police knocked on the door and the apartment resident opened the door. The police saw a marijuana smoking bong on the coffee table in the living room. The police asked if they could come in. The resident gave an ambiguous response. The police asked again if they could come in. Once again, the resident gave an ambiguous response. Subsequently, the officer entered the apartment. They found 26 grams of marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, and $2,380.00 in the defendant's backpack. On appeal, Mr. Edinger argued the search was illegal because the resident did not consent to the search. The North Dakota Supreme Court agreed, reversed the conviction, and remanded for further proceedings. Subsequently, the State dismissed the charges. 

State v. D.D. (Cass County, North Dakota)

The defendant was charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Mr. Edinger filed a motion to suppress, arguing the police illegal seized the defendant when he tried to walk into a convenience store. Judge Thomas Olson granted the motion. Subsequently, all charges were dismissed.

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