If you have been accused of or arrested for a Drug Possession Charge in Missouri, you need an experienced criminal lawyer to help you through it. Missouri Drug possession laws are both strict and complicated. Take advantage of our free consultation and make an informed decision about how you want to proceed. You have nothing to lose by calling. I’ll give you some free advice either way. Call now, (888) 439-4244.
Arrested for Possession in Missouri?
If you’ve been arrested on a drug possession charge, I sympathize with what you’re going through. Drug possession is a serious criminal charge that can have severe outcomes if not handled carefully. Many of our Missouri drug laws are harsh, but there is a good chance that I can help. I’ve successfully gotten many drug possession charges dismissed for people just like you. I work almost exclusively on criminal defense and drug cases, so I know the Missouri criminal statutes in depth, and what it takes to beat a possession charge.
What are the Penalties for Drug Possession in Missouri?
Most possession penalties in MO are considered a Class C Felony, which has a maximum penalty of 7 years in jail, and a $5000 fine.
Marijuana possession of less than 35 grams is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $1000.
Missouri Drug Possession Defense Strategies
The good news is that there are always valid defense options to beat the charges, or at least avoid a criminal record. In a drug possession case, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a) what they found was an illegal substance, and b) that it belonged to you. You have a right against unreasonable search and seizure. In many drug possession cases,
I’ll file a motion to suppress any evidence against you if that evidence may have been illegally obtained. There are a variety of other rights and protections that you have under the US Constitution, and Missouri laws. I’m willing to unleash a barrage of defense motions on the DA to ensure that your rights are fully protected.
If you’ve been arrested for possession of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, meth, mushrooms, or any other drug, give me a call. There are a number of possible defense motions to defend against a drug possession charge in Missouri. My firm handles all Missouri and Kansas drug-related charges, including possession, intent, paraphernalia, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and more. If you are accused of drug dealing or intent to distribute, refer to the drug law information on my drug distribution page.
Missouri Criminal Laws, excerpt Ch 579.015
Drug Possession / Possession of Controlled Substance Penalties
- Possession of any controlled substance (unless it is 35 grams or less of marijuana) is considered a Class C Felony under Missouri possession laws.
- Possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana is a Class A Misdemeanor under Missouri possession laws.
Under Missouri drug laws, substances classified as Schedule I are considered to have a “high potential for abuse”, and “no accepted medical use” or “lacks accepted safety for use in treatment under medical supervision” (Missouri Drug Regulations, Ch 195, Section 17). Examples of schedule I drugs include heroin & marijuana.
Substances classified as Schedule II are also considered to have a “high potential for abuse”, but and also “has currently accepted medical use in treatment” and, “abuse of the substance may lead to severe psychic or physical dependence” (Missouri Drug Regulations, Ch 195, Section 17). Examples of schedule II drugs include cocaine, amphetamines, & meth.
I’ll be happy to discuss your case, and go over what I think are the best possible defense strategies for your specific case in a free consultation. Take advantage of my experience and help yourself make an informed decision about how you can protect your rights and freedom.