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Drug crimes normally refer to the manufacturing, cultivation, trafficking, distribution or sale and possession of controlled substances. Controlled substances include illegal drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, but also prescription drugs. When prescription drugs are possessed or sold illegally, the repercussions can be severe as well. The Comprehensive Drug Control Act of 1989 includes Missouri Revised Statutes §§ 195.005 to 195.425. Under the state law there are different classes that a drug can be placed in ranging from Schedule IV to Schedule I. The high a schedule that drugs is placed in, often the more dangerous and addictive it is. These drugs will also be less likely to have any medical benefits.


Drug manufacturing and cultivation charges can involve having in your possession certain types of plants or ingredients that are used to manufacture controlled substances. Evidence of chemicals and laboratory equipment used to manufacture illegal drugs such as methamphetamine or LSD can be used in the prosecution's case against you. Drug trafficking, distribution or sales covers all aspects of transporting controlled substances and moving them into the hands of those who consume them. If minors are a targeted user, charges and penalties will be significantly enhanced. Drug possession laws normally fall into two sections: for personal use (simple possession) or possession with the intention of distributing or selling.


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While possession is the simplest of drug charges, possession with the intent to sell is more serious. The assumption is that the amount of drugs involved indicates that there was an intention to sell the substance. The threshold amounts in drug possession are extremely low, drug crimes. The type of charge filed, as well as the penalties if convicted, will be primarily based on the type of drug involved, the quantity of the drug(s) involved and the prior record of the individual charged with the crime. The penalties can range from small fines at the lowest, to life imprisonment.


State and federal anti-drug agencies often will pool their resources and work together to fight illegal drug sales. As a result, prosecutors may charge defendants under federal law, state law or both. If you are facing charges for the sale of illegal drugs, you need an experienced and proven Springfield, MO criminal defense attorney from the firm on your side. A skilled and dedicated legal team will work diligently toward obtaining the best possible results for your case.

Fighting the illegal drug business can often feel like a losing battle to law enforcement. As a result, they can sometimes act improperly when investigating or arresting suspected perpetrators. A violation of your basic rights can often lead to a complete dismissal of charges against you. An energetic and aggressive lawyer will know how to recognize this and fight for your rights. The potential penalties you face in a conviction of selling or trafficking in illegal drugs can be severe and have a very negative impact on your future. Do not allow this to happen without a fight. Put a proven lawyer on your side and let him work for your best interests.


If you have been charged with drug possession, a lawyer from the firm can help. There are several possible defenses in a drug crimes case. Law enforcement must follow strict procedures in searching a vehicle, home or office in a drug crime case. If these procedures are violated it can be a violation of your constitutional rights and a basis to have your case dismissed. In possession cases it is not uncommon to discover that the person charged had no idea that the drugs were in their car or home. The burden of proof lies with the prosecutor, and the firm takes action to make room for reasonable doubt with regard to possession.


If you are caught in the criminal justice system in a drug charge, the first and most critical action to take is to ensure you have legal representation with experience and a proven record of success at trial. At Worsham Law Firm, the Springfield, MO criminal defense lawyer provides skilled legal counsel that will make a painstaking review of the evidence that has led to your arrest. Any flaws or holes in the case will be exploited to pursue a favorable outcome. As the penalties for possession can include jail or prison time, drug rehabilitation treatment, fines and other consequences, it is important that everything possible is done for your defense.


Having a blood alcohol content level of .08% or more, or demonstrating an inability to drive due to the effects of alcohol or drugs can land you behind bars. For those that are under the drinking age of 21, a BAC can be below .08% and still result in a DWI charge.

Penalties for a DWI conviction include:

A first time conviction is typically considered a Class B misdemeanor charge that can lead to up to 6 months in jail, a license suspension of 30 days with further driving restrictions continuing for 60 days, $500 in fines and points added to a driving record which can raise insurance rates.

A second DWI can put a person in jail for up to year, with fines of up to $1,000 and a yearlong license suspension.

For a class d felony third DWI, repercussions can include up to $5,000 worth of fines, up to four years in jail, community service, probation and 12 points placed on a driving record.

Important factors in resolving your case

The quantity of drugs involved, the type of drugs and the whether any children were present or could have been affected by the crime can be factors evaluated when determining whether misdemeanor or felony charges are filed. Drug crimes can move all the way up to a class A felony which can involve up to life imprisonment without the possibility of probation or parole.

A successful defense is crafted with as much time as possible, so the sooner you contact the firm the more opportunities there could be in your case. In many drug charges, the first action a skilled lawyer will do is to establish if your rights were violated during the search, seizure and arrest process. Law enforcement officials must follow strict procedures and when these are violated, there could be options to get your case dismissed.

No two drug crimes cases are the same. There are many factors that a skilled legal team will look at to determine the most effective and compelling defense for each case. At Worsham Law Firm a team of legal professionals will examine every detail of your case. You will get your questions answered and you will be advised of your options.

All relevant information you need to make an informed decision about your case will be made available to you. There is someone at the firm you can speak with when you need to. You will be able to follow the steps of your case through modern online services you can access anytime day or night.

For anyone facing a DWI charge I would highly recommend Will Worsham over anyone else in the Springfield area. Will was one of the most honest attorney's I have dealt with and he was straight with me on what to expect from our initial meeting. I was very blessed to have a man of such integrity and experience as my lawyer. Will had the respect of the staff that performed my pre-interview and they put me ahead of other clients due to my tight schedule. I could also tell the prosecutors and judge respected him which enabled me to get an excellent result that kept this off of my record with the county and the DOR.

Jonathan D.

Will did an excellent job defending me with my case. I consulted with other Lawyers before talking to Will and was told my chances were very slim and that I should just plead out. Will not only assured me that we could procede with getting the issue resolved the way I wanted but also followed through. He more then came through for me and was only $100 more then what the other guys who would have had me plead out were. Worth every penny for the professionalism he brought to the table as well as the attitude and respect he showed as well. I would absolutly recomend Will to anyone.

Nic S.


No matter what type of drug crime case you are facing, our firm has the trial skills and experience you need to help you fight back.

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