St Louis Felony Possession of Controlled Substance
Have you recently been charged with possession of a controlled substance? Was the substance heroin, cocaine, or marijuana (more than 35 grams)? Did you know that if you plead guilty to this sort of charge, you could be facing serious jail time (and a high fine)? Are you aware of the advantages that come with hiring an experienced St Louis criminal defense attorney?
In the state of Missouri, a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance (i.e. illegal drugs) is a Class C Felony. Such a charge can come with up to seven (7) years of jail time, and a $5,000 fine. Pleading guilty will therefore make things difficult for you in the short term.
Over the long term, a criminal conviction of this nature on your permanent record can have devastating effects as well. For instance, the following list of people / entities will run a criminal background check:
1. Landlords (if you are attempting to rent an apartment)
2. Employers (if you are applying for a job)
3. Student loan companies
4. Business loan companies
If your record has any negative marks, the potential employer (or landlord, or loan company) could screen you out as a candidate.
PLEADING GUILTY IS NOT YOUR BEST OPTION!!
But this does not have to happen to you. An experienced St Louis criminal defense lawyer can explain your options, answer your questions, and provide you with powerful legal representation. In many circumstances, it is possible to work out a deal (referred to as a “plea bargain”) with the prosecutor. If this type of deal can be worked out, then the matter will end there. But if the prosecutor is not willing to offer a plea bargain, then we would also be prepared to take the case to trial.
The affordable St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have been taking care of drug convictions in Missouri for over ten (10) years. We specialize in making sure that your record stays clean, and so that you can move forward with life. And we want to do it all at an affordable price. The upfront fees for a typical felony possession of a controlled substance start at $750. But the initial consultation to discuss your legal issues is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!
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.