St. Louis Drug Crime Lawyer
Facing a drug crime allegation?
Although public opinion regarding the ways in which the criminal justice
system handles drug offenders has begun to shift with considerable momentum,
America's war on drugs still leaves little room for compassion and
understanding. Drug crimes are among the most common criminal offense
and can range in severity and type. While cases are unique, harsh punishments
are inherent to all drug charges. If you or someone you love is currently
facing a drug allegation, The Hammer Law Firm, LLC has the depth of experience
needed to handle all misdemeanor, felony, and federal drug charges, including:
- Trafficking, distribution, and sales
- Prescription drug fraud and prescription drug crimes
- Federal drug charges
Penalties posed by these drug crimes will largely depend on the charge,
the controlled substance involved, and your prior criminal history. Multiple
convictions, for example, can subject you to heightened punishments, which
can include large fines and terms of imprisonment. Missouri allows for
prosecutors to elevate punishment for habitual offenders to a level higher
than the typical charge for the offense involved. This means that if you
are charged with a crime that is considered a Class C felony and have
been convicted of a prior charge, you may be subjected to sentencing guidelines
for a Class B felony, although circumstances can vary.
Missouri defines habitual offenders as:
- Prior offender - a person who has plead or been found guilty of one felony
- Persistent offender - a person who has pleaded or been found guilty of
two or more felonies committed at different times
- Persistent misdemeanor offender - a person who has pleaded or been found
guilty of two or more Class A or B misdemeanors committed at different times
The controlled substance involved also plays a role in the charge and sentence
pursued. Cases that involve controlled substances such as
methamphetamines are pursued aggressively by law enforcement officers and prosecutors because
they are considered dangerous drugs. Even
pseudoephedrine, a precursor chemical used to manufacture methamphetamine, has become
targeted by Missouri, subjecting people who possess more than the legal
amount to serious consequences.
Regardless of the drug charge you or your loved one may be facing, you
can be confident knowing that our
St. Louis Criminal defense attorneys have spent decades handling a variety of drug crime cases as both defense
lawyers and former prosecutors. We draw from this experience when conducting
thorough investigations that allow our legal team to challenge all evidence
in your case.
Our skills as negotiators and trial attorneys also afford us a level of
dexterity that can be used to produce the most favorable resolutions possible.
While dismissals and not guilty verdicts are our objectives, certain cases
may also be handled by fighting for reduced or alternative sentencing
options that allow you to preserve you freedom and future. Drug courts,
for example, offer an alternative to incarceration that aim to allow defendants
to receive the treatment they need and maintain a clean criminal record
if all terms are met.
Missouri Defense Attorneys with More Than 30 Years of Experience
If you or your loved one has been charged, retaining experienced representation
can make all the difference in your case. Our St. Louis drug crime attorneys
fight aggressively and intelligently on behalf of our clients, and we
urge you to find out precisely what we can do to defend against the charges you face.
When you are fighting for your future, you need to bring proven legal minds
to the fight.
Contact The Hammer Law Firm, LLC today.