Although Missouri has moved to legalize medical marijuana, this doesn’t mean the state has legalized all drugs, or all uses of drugs. In fact, Missouri still outlaws many drugs and imposes hefty penalties on those convicted on drug-related charges. The severity of the potential penalties and consequences that come with a conviction depend on the nature of the charge. In this post, we will discuss some of the common drug charges, the penalties they can carry and how to defend against them.
Penalties for drug possession in Missouri generally depend on the amount of drug allegedly possessed and the number of offenses. For instance, for first-offense drug possession up to 10 grams, conviction carries a fine. For a second offense, conviction carries up to a year in jail and an even greater fine. Larger quantities of drugs may be considered evidence of trafficking. This can lead to felony charges which can result in up to seven years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Penalties for sale and distribution of drugs
Penalties for the sale and distribution of drugs can be significantly higher than those for drug possession. Potential penalties for the sale and distribution of drugs also generally depend on the amount of drug allegedly sold. Drug distribution charges are felony charges and can result in four years up to life in prison and fines of $10,000 or greater.
The penalties for the sale of drugs can also depend on where the drugs were allegedly sold. Likewise, drug trafficking charges are also felony drug charges that carry stiff potential penalties and consequences.
Drug charges are a serious matter than can result in the accused individual losing their freedom for a significant period of time, as well as having to pay large fines. Because drug charges threaten so much, all those who have been accused of drug crimes should be prepared to respond with a strong criminal defense.