Keeping a Marijuana Possession Charge Off of Your Record in St. Louis, MO - for as little as $450
When it comes to the laws governing controlled substances (like getting a ticket for St. Louis marijuana possession), the state of Missouri has some of the harshest, strictest penalties in the entire country. For example, if your are caught with more than 35 grams (which is not very much at all), then it is described as a Class C Felony (this kind of charge can carry a prison or jail sentence of up to seven (7) years and a fine of $5,000); if you are caught with less than 35 grams, it is a Class A Misdemeanor (and this can mean up to one (1) year of jail time and a fine of $1,000). Or if you are caught with less than 10 grams, it is a Class D Misdemeanor. And very frequently, a marijuana charge is accompanied with a St. Louis drug paraphernalia ticket (which tacks on another Class D Misdemeanor to the mix).
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So what do you do if you are charged with St. Louis possession of marijuana? First things first: DO NOT PLEAD GUILTY!! If you plead guilty to the charge, then the state will make it a part of your permanent record as a drug conviction (and it will stay there forever). And once a drug conviction is part of your record, you will have a very difficult time getting a decent job, renting a good apartment, keeping a commercial driver’s license (CDL), securing a student loan, gaining admission to college, and maintaining governmental benefits (like food stamps and public housing).
$450 TO TAKE CARE OF MOST MISDEMEANOR MARIJUANA CHARGES
The second thing you should do is contact an experienced St. Louis criminal defense lawyer. Why? A good attorney will take a close look at the facts surrounding your case to see if there are any viable defenses that may be asserted on your behalf. But at the very least your attorney can work closely with the local prosecutor to get the charge reduced to a lesser offense (like “littering). The reduced (or amended) charge does not become a part of your permanent record at all (which means it will stay clean, and you will not have to worry about the issues described above). And this is a far better outcome than the negative consequences described above!!
PLEADING GUILTY TO THE CHARGE IS NOT YOUR BEST OPTION!!
The affordable St. Louis marijuana possession criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken, have been helping people with their misdemeanor charges for over ten (10) years. Our goal is to make sure that the charges leveled against you do not stay on your permanent record, and do any lasting damage. And we want to do all of this at an affordable price. The fees for a typical misdemeanor case start at $450. But the initial consultation to discuss your legal issues is free of charge. So contact us today!!
We have two main locations: in the Central West End of St. Louis, at 4500 West Pine (on the corner of Taylor and Pine), 63108; and in the Twin Cities of Festus / Crystal City, at 1000 Truman Blvd (Highway 61/67), 63019. The initial consultation is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!