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.
And then of course there is the more immediate concern of pleading guilty to this crime: the potential sentence that the judge can hand down. If you are charged with possession of marijuana in (or around) St. Louis, it will be either a Misdemeanor Class A (if you were caught with less than 35 grams) or a Felony Class C (if the amount found was more than 35 grams). A Class A Misdemeanor comes with a jail sentence of up to one (1) year and a fine of $1,000. A Class C Felony can come with up to seven (7) years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
PLEADING GUILTY TO THE CHARGE IS NOT YOUR BEST OPTION!!
So if you want to avoid this type of outcome, then you really should contact an experienced St. Louis marijuana possession attorney immediately!! Our fees to handle most misdemeanor marijuana charges are only $375. We keep our fees low so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of legal representation (no one should be left out just because they cannot come up with $1,500).
So what do you do now? Well, the best thing to do in this kind of situation is to call an experienced lawyer. The affordable St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Jennifer Alter-Rieken have been making sure our client’s receive the best care and information possible regarding their rights and range of options. Our goal is to get you the best possible outcome for your particular situation, whether it is a trial, a reduction of the charge to something less severe, or getting the charges dropped altogether. Our initial consultation is free of charge, so call today.