Defending the Rights of Individuals Accused of Marijuana Possession in St. Louis City and County
While public attitudes regarding the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana have undoubtedly shifted in recent years, the possession of marijuana still remains a serious offense throughout the state of Missouri. Even possession of a small amount of the drug can result in a misdemeanor conviction, which is punishable by fines and jail time. If you are caught with a significant amount of marijuana, you may be facing allegations of trafficking that could potentially land you in jail for between 5 and 15 years in prison. Because of these potentially serious consequences, it is imperative for anyone accused of marijuana possession in St. Louis to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Marijuana Possession Can Have Serious Consequences
Generally speaking, if you are convicted of a criminal offense related to the possession of marijuana, you can be sentenced to the following:
- Community Service
- Significant fines
- Drug and alcohol counseling
- Jail time
While these court-imposed penalties may seem severe enough, what may come as a surprise are the collateral consequences that you may suffer as a result of marijuana possession conviction. Any drug-related offense on your criminal record can affect your ability to get a job, rent an apartment, obtain federal financial aid, or even get into a college or university.
Potential Defenses to Marijuana Possession Allegations in St. Louis
Fortunately for people facing allegations of marijuana possession in St. Louis, there are often various defenses that can be raised. Many drug cases arise after the police conduct a search of your person, vehicle, or home, which means that it may be possible to challenge the validity of the search that resulted in the discovery of the marijuana. If a search is deemed unconstitutional, it can result in the suppression of any evidence discovered during that search – which may result in your case being dropped or dismissed.
In marijuana cases in which there are no defenses available, an attorney still may be able to help you avoid a conviction by negotiating a plea agreement that results in a suspended imposition of sentence (SIS) and a period of probation. If you complete your probation without getting into further trouble and comply with any other terms ordered by the court, your case will be dismissed without a conviction being entered on your record.
Contact a St. Louis Marijuana Possession Attorney Today for a Free Case Evaluation
If you have been accused of a crime related to the possession, cultivation, or distribution of marijuana, you should speak to an attorney immediately. The lawyers of the Byrne Law Firm are committed to providing criminal defendants with effective and judgement-free representation and counsel and work hard to ensure that each client we represent obtains the best possible outcome to his or her case. To schedule your free consultation, call our office today at 314-312-0404.