Drug Possession / Possession of Paraphernalia
In recent years, there has been a widespread movement across the United States to legalize the medicinal—and even recreational – use of marijuana. As of 2016, 24 states have passed some form of medical and/or recreational use of marijuana law. Unfortunately, neither Missouri nor Kansas are among those states. Consequently, the possession of any type of controlled substance remains a criminal offense in both states. This includes drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and oxycodone, just to name a few. In addition, possession of paraphernalia also remains a crime in Missouri and Kansas. If you have been charged with possession of any type of drugs, or with possession of paraphernalia, it is important that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to make sure your rights are protected and to get started on your defense.
Although the potential penalties for possession of a controlled substance are not as serious as the penalties for offenses related to the sale of drugs, you could still be facing jail time, a lengthy period of probation, and a number of unwanted non-judicial consequences, such as:
- Loss of current or future employment
- Disciplinary action for a professional license
- Loss of eligibility for state or federal assistance programs
- Disqualification for student loans for college
- Loss of your right to purchase and/or carry a firearm
- Disqualification for change of status for immigration purposes
- Loss of driving privileges
- Negative impact on custody or visitation with minor children
The good news is that with the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney you may be able to avoid a conviction entirely, or at least work out a favorable disposition that significantly reduces the long-term negative impact of a conviction. Because we understand exactly how much is at stake for you, our criminal defense team at the Law Office of Heath A. Stuart, Chartered is committed to doing everything possible to protect you, your rights, and your future throughout the prosecution of your case.