A man in Missouri has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and being in possession of 12 pounds of methamphetamine. According to the news from Nov. 4, the man was also in possession of illegal firearms at the time of his arrest.

The 50-year-old man pleaded guilty to a count of possessing firearms during a drug-trafficking crime, a count for the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to a count of distributing methamphetamine when children were present or resided on a premises.

The guilty admission was part of a plea deal. The terms of the agreement require the man to give up $44,850 that the authorities seized during the investigation, which is thought to be money from drug trafficking.

The man still faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years without the opportunity for parole, but it could be as long as life in prison. The sentencing is determined by the court based on the advised guidelines and other factors, but the plea agreement likely has a significant impact on the potential outcome of this case.

A stalwart defense makes a difference in serious criminal cases

If you are accused of breaking the law, it’s important that you build a strong defense. In some cases, a plea deal may be to your benefit, especially if you have a chance to lower the penalties that you face.

Your criminal defense attorney can talk to you about the possibility of seeking a plea bargain or taking steps to disprove that you committed a crime. The right support can make a difference in protecting your rights in the future.