Marijuana Laws in St. Louis, MO
As of January 1, 2017, the following laws regarding marijuana possession went into effect:
- If you are caught with less 10 grams of marijuana, it is a Class D Misdemeanor (unless you’ve already been convicted on a prior possession charge, in which case it would be a Class A Misdemeanor).
- If you are caught with between 10 – 35 grams, it is a Class A Misdemeanor.
- If you are caught with between 35 grams – 30 kilograms, it is a Class C Felony.
In addition to this initial sentence, you would also have to deal with the long term consequences that come with a drug conviction on your permanent record. For instance, if you apply for a job in the future, your employer will run a criminal background check. Once they see the conviction, chances are you will be eliminated as a candidate. Or if you go to rent an apartment, the landlord will run the same check, and you will likely miss out on signing a rent contract. Or if you have (or are wanting to get) a commercial driver’s license, then a drug conviction can easily lead to a revocation of the license. Or if you are trying to get a student loan, it is very possible that the lending company will deny your application. And if you are currently enjoying some form of governmental benefit (whether it is unemployment security, food stamps, or public housing), then a marijuana charge on your record will all but end said benefits.$450 To Take Care of Most Misdemeanor Marijuana Charges
So you might be asking at this point, “What’s the good news??” The good news is that none of the above has to happen. The only way any of the above will occur is if you plead guilty to the crime as charged. Unfortunately, that is precisely what most people do. Why? Because they (incorrectly) believe that there are no other alternatives available to them.Pleading Guilty to the Charge Is Not Your Best Option!!
We have a much different plan in mind! To begin with, we want to examine all the pertinent facts involved with your case to see if there are any defenses that might be asserted on your behalf (to possibly get the charges dropped altogether). And at the very least, we would want to work closely with the local prosecutor to get the charges reduced to a lesser infraction (like “littering,” an offense that does not even show up on your record). And we want to do all of this at a fraction of the cost that you would normally see attorney fees set at (because we firmly believe that everyone, regardless of their economic status, should be able to receive legal representation).
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 1 North Taylor (on the corner of Taylor and Laclede), 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!!