Drug Possession or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Call St. Louis drug possession attorney Andrea Storey Rogers today at (314) 724-5059.
If you have been charged with misdemeanor possession of drugs, such as marijuana or heroin, or possession of drug paraphernalia, such as a pipe, a one-hitter, rolling papers, a spoon, or needles, do not plead guilty. If you plead guilty or are convicted, those drug charges will be on your permanent criminal record forever and can not be removed. Expungement (removal) of the record of the conviction is not an option for drug-related offenses.
Drug possession charges can affect your ability to get a job, obtain a loan, buy car insurance, be accepted into college, or receive federal student loans.
If you can't afford to hire a private attorney to represent you for your Missouri drug possession charges, ask the judge to appoint a public defender. Or, go to this page of my website for the contact information for organizations that offer free or low-cost legal help in St. Louis.
Drug Charges Can be Plea-Bargained to a Lesser Offense
In many situations involving possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia, St. Louis attorney Andrea Storey Rogers can negotiate a plea bargain with the court so that your charges are reduced to a lesser offense, such as "Littering." Depending on the facts of the case, the court that your case is in, and whether you have prior convictions for drug-related offenses on your record, you may only have to pay a fine and court costs and you won't have to appear in court.
Please note that, if you have any prior convictions for possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia, it is much more difficult to get such charges reduced.
Penalties for Drug Possession in Missouri
The potential sentencing for misdemeanor possession of drugs (35 grams or less) or drug paraphernalia in Missouri is up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Possession of more than 35 grams is a felony, with a potential sentence of up to 7 years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
The type of sentencing that you will receive in Missouri for possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia differs from court to court, depending on the judge, the prosecutor, the details of your particular case, your criminal history, and whether your case is being prosecuted in state court or municipal court.
If your charges for misdemeanor possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia are successfully plea-bargained down to a lesser offense, the court may require you to do some or all of the following:
1) Appear in court to plead guilty to the reduced charge
2) Complete a certain number of hours of community service
3) Serve 1 to 2 years of unsupervised probation
4) Accept an SIS (Suspended Imposition of Sentence)
5) Pay a fine and court costs
6) Attend a court-ordered drug education class, such as ADEP or REACT
If you are sentenced to probation and an "SIS" (Suspended Imposition of Sentence), it means there will be no conviction at the end of the probation period, as long as you are not arrested or convicted of any additional drug-related offenses during the probation period.
Keep in mind that these are just examples of possible sentencing in typical cases involving drug possession or drug paraphernalia possession and may not apply to your particular case.
Call Missouri Drug Possession Lawyer Andrea Storey Rogers at (314) 724-5059 to discuss your case and get a flat-fee price quote for legal representation, or click on the email icon at the top of this page or on the Home page to send Andrea an email.