Drug charges, of any kind, are very serious and can have lasting consequences if not handled correctly. In most drug cases, the charge, along with the punishment, if convicted, is determined by the type of drug involved, its classification, the quantity found, and whether there is intent to sell and/or distribute.
Missouri is one of the numerous states that have passed constitutional amendments allowing the use of medical marijuana with a doctor’s advisory letter and accompanying permit. With the 2020 launch of marijuana dispensaries, enforcement has recently relaxed. However, penalties for selling as little as five (5) grams of marijuana outside the state-run infrastructure remain harsh. If convicted, you face prison and a felony conviction that will follow you forever. Larger amounts can get you sent away for the rest of your life, plus a drug trafficking conviction can also trigger the denial of federal benefits and forfeiture of real estate and personal property, along with jail time and fines.
More serious drugs can carry even more serious penalties and make you subject to repeat offender status. This can get you a class A felony sentencing range, which is 10-30 years, or even life, in the Department of Corrections.
Even being charged with misdemeanor possession or a simple drug paraphernalia infraction can have a lasting effect on your future. It can possibly disqualify you from certain programs and job opportunities. Many employers will not even consider hiring you. Those that do will be less likely to trust you in positions of authority making it more difficult to advance.
You should never attempt to navigate the legal system without an excellent attorney in your corner. Judd has handled thousands of criminal charges over the past 23 years, and has the experience to help protect your future.