Drug Trafficking Lawyers
Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving St. Louis, MO
Drug trafficking is a serious crime that refers to the selling, transporting, and illegal import of controlled substances, usually in large amounts and including drugs like marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and even prescription pills. According to a 2003 report by the United Nations, the global drug trade is estimated to be worth a staggering $321.6 billion.
A drug trafficking charge is a felony and may carry with it prison time ranging from five years to life depending on:
- The amount of the drug
- The type of drug
- Previous criminal history
If an individual is found to have a significant enough quantity of drugs in their possession, they may still be charged with drug trafficking if law enforcement believes they have an intent to sell. If you have been arrested and accused of drug trafficking, you may be facing severe penalties that could affect the rest of your life. Contact a St. Louis drug crime lawyer from The Hammer Law Firm, LLC without delay – every moment you wait could diminish your chances to secure a favorable outcome for your case.
Federal Schedules for Controlled Substances
The federal government has created schedules to classify various types of drugs according to their risk for dependency and abuse. Schedule I drugs have the highest potential for abuse, and carry the highest penalties if a person is charged with their manufacture, distribution, or possession. They include heroin, marijuana, psilocybin, ecstasy, and more. Schedule V drugs have widely accepted medical uses and carry the least risk of physical dependency compared to the previous 4 schedules, but distribution of these types of medications can still qualify for a drug trafficking charge. These include medications containing codeine, sleep aids, and more.
Under Missouri law, an individual can be charged with a Class A felony offense if they are caught distributing, producing, or manufacturing the following amounts of drugs:
- Heroin: more than 30g
- LSD: more than 500mg
- PCP: more than 30g
- Marijuana: more than 30kg
- Amphetamine, methamphetamine, or their salts: more than 30g
- Coca leaves: more than 150g
Even attempting to move these kinds of drugs is punishable under federal law. Drug trafficking charges are offenses that are ineligible for parole, so if you are facing allegations, it is urgent that you contact an experienced drug trafficking lawyer who can aggressively defend your rights and freedoms.
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We realize that this may be a difficult and overwhelming time in your life. With so much at stake, allow us to give you the legal counsel you need to fully understand your charges and choose the best course of action for your case. Don’t put your future in the hands of just any lawyer – our firm has over 30 years of combined legal experience in criminal defense, and as former prosecutors, we know how the “other side” thinks. With our team advocating on your behalf, you can rest assured that your case is in capable and professional hands.