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Drug Crimes: What's the Difference between Possession & Trafficking?

There are a variety of drug crimes in Missouri; however, drug possession and drug trafficking are considered two of the common criminal offenses. But what are the differences between the two crimes?

Drug possession is simply the act of having an illegal drug or controlled substance on your person. An individual who is caught while using drugs may be charged with possession as well. Furthermore, if someone had drugs in a place which they could reasonably be expected to have access to – such as in a dresser drawer or in the glove compartment of a car – it is considered possession. Penalties for drug possession include jail time, fines, and rehabilitation programs.

On the other hand, drug trafficking entails the criminal act of selling or illegally transporting illicit drugs across state or national lines. In many cases, having a substantially large amount of illegal drugs in one’s possession may result in a drug trafficking charge.

Penalties for drug trafficking are much more serious compared to drug possession. A drug trafficking conviction is often considered a felony, punishable by lengthy prison sentences, expensive fines, probation, and a permanent mark on their criminal record.

If you have been charged with either of these drug crimes in Missouri, The Hammer Law Firm is ready to protect your rights and future. Our St. Louis criminal defense attorney can thoroughly review your case and determine all of your legal option in order to get the most favorable results possible.

Contact us and schedule a free case evaluation today.


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