St. Louis Drug Crime Attorney
Law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and court systems throughout the
United States have worked zealously to stamp out methamphetamines. A highly
addictive and extremely destructive controlled substance, methamphetamine
(meth) poses one of the most concerning threats to public safety and communities
throughout Missouri. Naturally, the St. Louis and Missouri criminal justice
system offers little leeway when it comes to aggressively prosecuting
and harshly punishing those accused of a methamphetamine
Understanding the types of meth charges that can arise and their penalties
should motivate anyone facing these allegations to
seek skilled legal representation as soon as possible. Although charges and penalties always vary based on the unique circumstances
involved, including the amount involved, the specific offense, and your
prior criminal record, you can generally expect the following sentencing
Possession of Methamphetamine & Paraphernalia
A standard possession charge involving meth is a Class C felony punishable
by fines of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to 7 years. Possession
of meth paraphernalia, including syringes or pipes, is a misdemeanor offense.
Although the penalties may appear stiff, Missouri does offer defendants
the opportunity to pursue alternative options, including drug court. Drug
courts, which are available to residents of certain counties, permit defendants
to obtain treatment in lieu of jail time. It can be an excellent way to
avoid strict consequences while also gaining the help and rehabilitation
needed to change one's life.
Other Methamphetamine Charges
As one would expect, there is little tolerance for the distribution, delivery,
or manufacturing of methamphetamine. Treated as serious felony offenses,
these crimes pose a number of penalties, including harsh mandatory prison
sentences. Additionally, Missouri has increased their efforts to reduce
the manufacturing of meth throughout the state by prosecuting anyone who
possesses more than the legal amount of
pseudoephedrine, a chemical precursor used to make meth.
What Are Your Options
When it comes to handling a drug crime involving methamphetamine, the
unique factors involved must be meticulously reviewed. Your defense options
will largely depend on the following:
- The specific charge
- The amount of methamphetamine or precursor
- Your prior criminal record
By establishing these essential elements and listening carefully to you,
our legal team will be better prepared to anticipate the types of charges
and penalties a prosecutor will pursue. Charting all potential ramifications
can allow our team to break down the prosecution's case from multiple
angles. Additionally, understanding your personal situation will aid our
legal team in pursuing various defense options that may allow for dismissals,
reductions in charges or penalties, plea bargains, or alternative sentencing options.
Missouri Criminal Defense Attorneys With Years of Experience
At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, ensuring that our clients are involved in
their legal process is one of our top priorities. Not only does personalized
service allow you to gain a sense of control and confidence in your ability
to fight these charges, but it also plays a crucial role in our ability
to fight for the most favorable terms and resolutions possible in your
particular case. As we bring
more than 30 years of experience to your case, you can rest assured that your defense is in highly capable hands.
We invite all residents throughout St. Louis and Missouri facing any type
of methamphetamine charge to seek the immediate, proven, and passionate
service our firm can provide. Allow The Hammer Law Firm, LLC to help you
through this process.
Contact a St. Louis criminal defense lawyer today.