In recent years, Missouri has become a veritable battle ground for the
fight between law enforcement agencies and
methamphetamine. In fact, Missouri leads the United States in meth lab seizures and arrests
over the past decade. While meth production, distribution, and use are
rampant in the state, Carter County – a small community in the foothills
of the Ozark Mountains – had only five meth lab busts during the
two years that the man had been serving as sheriff. The area's odd
immunity to the state's serious meth problem prompted local, state,
and federal law enforcement agencies toward scrutiny that misconduct within
the department may have played a factor.
Regardless of who is alleged to commit a
drug crime, any person facing these types of allegations can expect invasive investigations,
aggressive prosecution, and life altering penalties. As residents, local
and state governments, and various organizations throughout the state
have intensified their efforts to stamp out meth use in Missouri, drug
crime arrests involving methamphetamines, as well as precursors used to
manufacture meth, are on the rise. Under Missouri law, simple possession
of meth is a Class C felony that carries penalties of fines up to $5,000,
terms of imprisonment up to 7 years, or both. Possession of meth paraphernalia,
such as a pipe, is a misdemeanor offense that also packs serious penalties.
As demonstrated in the harsh, lengthy prison sentence handed down by the
court this past Thursday, Missouri offers little leniency to those who
are convicted of more serious methamphetamine charges, including the manufacturing,
distribution, delivery, or sale of meth. Depending on the amount of meth
involved and a defendant's criminal record, convictions for these
serious allegations can result in severe terms of incarceration in a state prison.
If you or your loved one has recently been arrested and / or charged with
a drug crime or a crime involving methamphetamine, you must be aware that
your life may very well be on the line. With large fines, harsh sentencing
guidelines, and the difficulties that come with having a drug conviction
on one's record, it is clear that these charges can heavily impact
nearly all aspects of your future well-being. By working with St. Louis
criminal defense attorneys who have more than 30 years of combined experience,
you can obtain the support and representation needed to protect your rights
and defend your future.
Contact The Hammer Law Firm, LLC to learn more about the ways in which our legal team can fight for you.