St. Louis Marijuana Defense Attorneys
Proven Defense for Marijuana Possession Charges in Missouri - (314) 334-3807
While many states across the country have begun decriminalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, it is still a crime in Missouri to possess, sell or cultivate marijuana, or, possess drug paraphernalia such as a bong, vape pen, or diffuser. If you are facing marijuana charges in Missouri, you need an aggressive defense attorney who can fight to keep these charges off your record.
At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, we have been immersed in drug crime law for decades, as prosecutors and defense attorneys, and in both state and federal courts. Our insight, integrated with our skills and abilities allows our St. Louis marijuana defense lawyers to pursue the best possible terms for our clients facing a variety of marijuana charges.
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Marijuana Charges & Penalties in Missouri
Although many marijuana drug crimes are already prosecuted on a lower tier than standard charges for other types of controlled substances, the penalties for distribution, sales, delivery, and cultivation are still severe. As such, anyone facing these allegations should be aware that they are often felonies that pose substantial fines and terms of imprisonment.
Possession of Marijuana
If you've been arrested with marijuana on your person, in your car, or otherwise in your possession, you may be charged with possession of marijuana. Unless you were in possession of over 35 grams of marijuana, you will be facing a misdemeanor offense.
Maximum penalties for possession of marijuana breakdown as follows:
- First-time offense, less than 10 grams: no jail time and a $500 fine.
- Second offense, less than 10 grams: one year in county jail and a $2,000 fine.
- Possession of 10 - 35 grams: one year in county jail and a $2,000 fine.
- Possession of 35 grams - 30 kilograms: seven years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Additionally, possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor offense that comes with its own penalties:
- First offense: no jail time, $500 fine.
- Second offense: up to one year in county jail and a $2,000 fine.
Possession with Intent to Distribute
If you've been arrested for marijuana possession, the prosecution may attempt to increase your charges to possession with intent to distribute. The burden is on the prosecution to demonstrate with circumstantial evidence that it was your intent to sell the marijuana in your possession since you were not caught in the act of selling.
Maximum penalties for possession with intent are:
- 35 grams or less: 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
- 35 grams to 30 kilograms: 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Sale or Distribution of Marijuana
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