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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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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.
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.