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ONLY $750 FOR LOW LEVEL ST LOUIS FELONY CHARGES

Over 35 grams of marijuana in the state of Missouri is a Class C Felony. A felony of this type can come with a potential sentence of up to seven (7) years and a $5,000 fine. But if you hire an experienced St Louis criminal defense attorney, then that person can describe to you the full range of options that may be available. Because simply pleading guilty to the crime is not your best option!!

In the state of Missouri, the legislature has decided to make a distinction between a low level of marijuana possession (less than 35 grams of the substance, which is a Class A Misdemeanor), and high level (more than 35 grams, which is a Class C Felony). This distinction is arbitrary, and the rules are set to change at the beginning of 2017. But until then, this is the law of the land.

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Most people (when charged with possession of marijuana in St. Louis) do not get an attorney. They do not seek out any advice as to their legal rights. And they do not check into what options they might have available to them. As a result, most people will simply end up pleading guilty to the charge.

MOST MISDEMEANOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION CHARGES IN ST LOUIS CAN BE HANDLED FOR ONLY $375

But if you plead guilty, there will be some serious repercussions: 1. To begin with, a guilty plea will result in a drug conviction becoming a part of your permanent record; 2. This conviction will show up on a criminal background check; 3. Landlords and employers run these kinds of checks on almost all applicants (which will severely reduce your chances of getting a job or an apartment); 4. Most governmental support (whether it is unemployment benefits, food stamps, or public housing) is eliminated if you have a drug conviction on your record.

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No, Missouri is not legalizing marijuana. The state is decriminalizing it. Yes, there is a distinction!!

First of all, the possession of marijuana is still (and will continue to be) illegal in Missouri. But recently the state legislature revamped the criminal code to lessen the penalties for some crimes. And possession of marijuana is an example of this trend.

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So for example, the crime of marijuana possession is currently described as a Class A Misdemeanor if you are caught with less than 35 grams of the substance, or a Class C Felony if you have 35 grams or more. But starting January 1, 2017, if you are caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana, then you can be charged with a Class D Misdemeanor.

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