St. Louis Drug Crime Attorneys
Protect Yourself from Harsh Drug Penalties in Missouri
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 offenses and can range in severity and type. While cases are unique, harsh punishments are inherent to all drug charges.
There are many different types of drug crimes in Missouri. In order to effectively challenge the charges brought by the state, you need to understand the key details of your case, specifically the charges. The Hammer Law Firm, LLC and our St. Louis drug crime attorneys are here to provide you with the guidance, knowledge, and legal representation you deserve and require in such a trying time.
People rely on our legal team because:
- We have more than 60 years of total criminal law experience
- We are led by former prosecutors with insight into the opposition’s tactics
- We make ourselves available for emergency calls and concerns
- Our past clients give us high praise in honest testimonials
Contact our firm today at (314) 334-3807 to schedule your FREE initial consultation.
No Matter the Charge, We Are On Your Side!
If you or someone you love is currently facing a drug crime allegation, The Hammer Law Firm has the experience to help. We handle all misdemeanor, felony, and federal drug charges, including:
- Drug possession: If you have an illegal substance on your person or within property or space you privately control, you can be charged with drug possession. In Missouri, it is illegal to possess any amount of narcotic, controlled substance, or illegal drug, including marijuana.
- Possession with intent: When someone is arrested with a large quantity of an illegal substance, investigators may conclude they intended to sell or distribute the narcotic, despite not having any immediate evidence of that act occurring. This is known as possession with intent.
- Distribution: Selling, moving, or distributing an illegal substance, or a legal substance through illegal channels, is known as drug distribution. The charge can be escalated to drug trafficking if the quantities are large, or if the substance crosses state or international borders.
- Manufacturing: Attempting to create or actually creating an illegal substance, or a legal substance through illegal means, is drug manufacturing. A similar drug crime is cultivation, which describes the illegal growth and harvesting of a plant-based drug like marijuana.
- Prescription drug crimes: Using a prescription drug in any way other than what your doctor has prescribed can constitute a crime. As the nationwide opioid crisis continues to rise, so do the number of prescription drug crimes, as intentional opioid abuse is technically illegal.
Increased Penalties for Prior/Habitual Offenders
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What are drug schedules?In Missouri Revised Statutes Title XII Public Health and Welfare, the state categorizes controlled substances into 5 “schedules,” which classify drugs based on how dangerous they are. Substances in Schedule I and II are considered the most dangerous and have a high potential for abuse. Many forms of meth and opioids, for instance, are included in these schedules. Conversely, Schedule IV and V include low-dose narcotics and substances that are currently accepted for medical use in the United States, such as prescription drugs and marijuana.
Is medical marijuana legal in Missouri?
The state of Missouri has not legalized marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use. Growing, possessing, and/or using marijuana is a crime. Having drug paraphernalia, such as a pipe or bong, is also illegal. Many crimes involving marijuana are misdemeanors, but growing, distributing, or delivering weed can be a felony. The possession of other drugs typically results in a felony, as well.
What are some common defenses to drug crimes?
When you are charged with any crime, law enforcement officers and prosecutors must follow a strict set of rules. If at any point during your arrest or prosecution, these rules are violated, you can have evidence thrown out or charges dismissed. For example, the Constitution forbids illegal search and seizure, so if your home or automobile was searched without a warrant or probable cause, any evidence discovered during this search can be suppressed in court. Similarly, evidence is often corrupted in drug cases, so a good defense attorney will have your case dismissed the moment the prosecution’s case is compromised.
Other strategies for defense include showing that the drugs were not yours, or that you did not know they were in your home or apartment. This is sometimes called “unwitting possession.” If you were entrapped or the drugs were planted, your attorney should also explore police abuse of power.
Can an attorney help me avoid jail time?
The answer to this question depends on what kind of charge you are facing and whether or not you have a criminal history. In some cases, you may be able to pursue drug rehabilitation instead of jail time. In others, having the right attorney can help you broker a deal and avoid incarceration altogether. Even in the most hopeless situations, you may be able to significantly reduce your time behind bars.
At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, we recognize that each case is different, and we have over 30 years of experience finding the best outcomes for our clients. Above all, our goal is to help you through this difficult time in your life and utilize the justice system to preserve your future.
We work directly with you to determine the best possible outcome based on your goals and needs. We then create personalized legal strategies to set your case up for success.
Our attorneys pride ourselves on always being available to address any questions you have regarding your case. With our team, you aren't just a number.
As former prosecutors who know how the 'other side' operates, we have a unique insight that allows us to set our client's cases up for success.
The Hammer Law Firm, LLC team has more than 60 years of combined criminal law experience. We have the tools, knowledge, and resources to effectively advocate on your behalf.
When you want personal support and proven representation, you need to bring The Hammer Law Firm, LLC to the fight.