Representing Individuals Accused of Drug Possession in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area and Throughout Missouri and Illinois
Being accused of any type of crime can be unnerving, however, being charged with drug possession can be particularly frightening due to the harsh consequences of drug crimes in Missouri and Illinois. Both states have different classifications of controlled substances that are illegal to possess – even for personal use in your home. After an arrest for alleged drug possession, your very first call should be to a criminal defense attorney who regularly handles this type of case in your state.
At the law office of Kilo Flynn, we protect the right of people accused of drug and narcotic possession and will do everything in our power to achieve the most favorable result possible in your case.
Penalties for Drug Possession Convictions
Each state sets out its own charges and penalties for drug possession. For example, in Missouri, the following are the potential consequences of a simple possession charge:
- Less than 35 grams of marijuana = Class A misdemeanor charge with a possible fine of $1,000 and one year in jail;
- Any other substance or more than 35 grams of marijuana = Class C felony charge with a possible fine of $5,000 and up to seven years in prison.
Under Illinois drug laws, however, the penalties for drug possession can vary significantly based on the type of drug and the amount that was allegedly possessed. The following are only some examples of penalties for different drug possession allegations in Illinois:
- Less than 2.5 grams of marijuana = Class C misdemeanor charge with a possible fine of $2,500 and 30 days in jail.
- More than 30 grams of marijuana = Class 4 felony charge with a possible fine of $25,000 and up to three years in prison.
- 15 – 99 grams of heroin, cocaine, or amphetamines = Class 1 felony charge with a possible fine of $200,000 and up to 15 years in prison.
The potential penalties for specific allegations will be determined on an individual basis depending on the circumstances of your case. In any event, having even a relatively minor drug possession conviction on your record can affect your life in many ways, including limiting your job and educational opportunities. For these reasons, it is critical to mount an effective defense against your charges.
Defenses Against Drug and Narcotic Possession Charges
There are a number of ways to defend against drug charges and the following are only some examples of how our drug possession defense attorneys can help you:
- Identify any violations of your constitutional rights, including unlawful search or seizure
- Determine whether the forensic lab made any errors processing the substance in your case
- Argue against allegations of constructive possession
- Determine your eligibility for alternative programs such as drug court
- Negotiate a favorable plea deal with reduced charges and/or penalties
Do Not Delay in Calling a St. Louis Drug Possession Defense Lawyer for Help
The narcotic possession attorneys at the law firm of Kilo Flynn have many methods of defending against your charges and minimizing the consequences you face. We defend clients throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area and in the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Jefferson, Franklin and Crawford, and the Illinois counties of Madison, St. Clair and Monroe. Call our office today at 314-647-8910 to discuss how we can help you.