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St Louis Criminal Defense: Is It Really That Big Of A Deal To Get Caught With Marijuana?

ONLY $375 TO HANDLE MOST MARIJUANA MISDEMEANOR CHARGES

Yes, it is. But for some reason, there are a lot of people who don’t seem to think so. They figure, “It’s gonna get legalized anyway at some point!” But that really doesn’t help right now (because until the laws change, it is at the very least a misdemeanor offense).

The state of Missouri considers marijuana to be an illegal controlled substance. As a result, if you are caught with less than 35 grams, it is a Class A Misdemeanor (which can come with up to one (1) year of jail time and a $1,000 fine); if it is more than 35 grams, then it is a Class C Felony (in which case the maximum jail sentence is up to seven (7) years and a $5,000 fine).

So as you can clearly see, it is a very big deal indeed!!

But let’s assume that you still don’t think it’s all that big of a concern. And you decide to plead guilty to the charge anyway. And let’s also assume that the judge does not sentence you to any jail time (and imposes a minimal fine). Think you’ve gotten out of the situation with a pretty good deal, right? Wrong.

ONLY $750 TO HANDLE MOST FELONY MARIJUANA CHARGES

If you plead guilty to the charge of marijuana possession in St Louis, then it will become a part of your permanent record as a drug conviction. Any time that you go to apply for a job, or try to rent an apartment, or secure a student loan (or about a million other things), the person on the other end is going to run a criminal background check on you. And when they do, that person or entity will see the marijuana conviction plain as day on your record. This will in turn very likely eliminate your chances of getting the job, or the apartment, or the loan.

But it does not have to end up like this!! There is a much better way of handling things! Our office will at the very least try and get the charges reduced to something minor (like “littering,” which does not even show up on your record at all). And this is far better than you doing nothing more than pleading guilty!

The affordable St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at Brinkman & Alter, LLC have been taking care of criminal charges 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 misdemeanor charge start at $375. 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.