Drug Crimes

Drug Lawyer in St. Louis, MO

 

If you’ve been accused of breaking a drug crime law in The Law Office Of Shin Cho, reach out to The Law Office Of Shin Cho. We’ll look out for your best interests and provide you with vital legal guidance.

Drug-related crimes can lead to serious penalties, including jail or prison sentences. Such offenses can even stay on your record for the rest of your life. That’s why we’ll give your case personal attention. If you feel you’ve been wrongly accused, we can gather evidence on your behalf. We can also help your cause by negotiating with the prosecution.

Types of Drug Offenses

You may be wondering, “What kind of punishment am I facing with a drug charge?”  The answer varies quite a bit, depending on the type of drug crime.  The most common types of drug offenses and possible punishments are as follows:
Type Of Drug Offense Felony / Misdemeanor Range Of Punishment
Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Class D Misdemeanor on 1st offense

$500 fine

 

Class A Misdemeanor on 2nd or subsequent Up to 1 year + $2,000 fine
Possession of Marijuana or Synthetic (10g or less) Class D Misdemeanor on 1st offense

$500 fine

 

Class A Misdemeanor on 2nd or subsequent Up to 1 year + $2,000 fine
Possession of Marijuana or Synthetic (35g or less) Class A Misdemeanor Up to 1 year + $2,000 fine
Possession of Marijuana or Synthetic (More than 35g) Class D Felony Up to 7 years + $10,000 fine
Possession of a Controlled Substance (Other than Marijuana) Class D Felony Up to 7 years + $10,000 fine
Delivery of a Controlled Substance Class C Felony, but can be enhanced to Class B

3 to 10 years  + $10,000 fine

OR

5 to 15 years

Manufacture of a Controlled Substance Class C Felony, but can be enhanced to Class A

3 to 10 years + $10,000 fine

OR

10-30 years or life

Our Process

1

Review for Suppression Issues: We review the evidence for potential constitutional violations. If the drugs were obtained as a result of an unlawful search or seizure, THE EVIDENCE CAN BE THROWN OUT.

2

Review for General Strength of Case: We review the evidence for potential trial issues. An example of a potential issue in a drug possession case would be a situation involving multiple occupants in the vehicle or home where the drugs were found.

3

Negotiate with the Prosecutor: We negotiate with the prosecuting attorney for the best possible deal, which can include probation, reducing the charges to lesser offenses, alternative court programs such as drug court, or even outright dismissal of charges.

4

Contested Hearing or Trial: When we cannot get a satisfactory deal through negotiations, we can take the fight to them and proceed to contested motion hearings and/or trial.

Contact Us

Reach out to The Law Office Of Shin Cho if you have concerns related to drug crime law. We serve clients throughout the St Louis, MO area, so you can depend on us to be readily available to meet your legal needs. Contact our office today to learn more or schedule an appointment. We’re available Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm, and Saturday by appointment.

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