Kansas City Drug Crimes Lawyer
Fighting for Your Freedom in Missouri & Kansas
Drug charges are serious throughout the entire country. The justice system views drugs as dangerous and harmful substances with serious consequences for users. Those convicted of using controlled substances illegally are punished as a way to prevent them from using them in the future, while those convicted of distributing or cultivating illegal drugs face more serious consequences to discourage others from doing the same. The Law Office of Michael Crawford has experience representing those accused of drug crimes.
Drug Laws in Kansas & Missouri
No matter which side of the Missouri River you live on, drug charges are considered serious crimes and can carry harsh consequences. While first-time offenders receive more lenient sentences, a drug crime conviction can leave you with steep fines and a permanent smear on your criminal record.
Consequences of a drug crime conviction in these states vary depending on the type of drugs, including:
- Marijuana: While possession under 10 mg in Missouri is charged as a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $500, the State of Kansas charges the same misdemeanor with fines of up to $2,500 and a jail sentence of up to a year. Sale and cultivation punishments are worse, especially for repeat offenders. Level 1 felony convictions in Kansas carry jail sentences of up to 17 years, while those in Missouri could lead up to 30 years in jail.
- Cocaine: Both states consider possession of cocaine a felony offense. However, possession of amounts under 3.5 grams are treated with the least severe consequences. Sentences vary from 10 months in jail and up, depending on the person’s criminal history and intent.
- Heroin: In Kansas, possession of even less than a gram of heroin could result in jail sentences of up to 14 months in jail. In Missouri, the penalties are treated similarly to cocaine laws.
Possession is the least serious of drug crimes. Cultivation, sale, and trafficking are punished more severely, sometimes under the jurisdiction of federal agencies.
Missouri Drug Court
While Kansas’ drug laws are handled as a regular part of the criminal justice circuit courts, Missouri has established a drug court program intended to alleviate the justice courts from dealing with too many drug offenders. The Law Office of Michael Crawford knows how to work with these drug courts, and we may be able to help you obtain a lesser sentence or even have your charges dropped. Drug courts may offer sentences such as counseling, testing, and other treatment options to help.
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Your freedom is important to us. If your rights are on the line, let our Kansas City criminal defense lawyer help you work toward building a strong defense. It is important to scrutinize all the evidence filed against you to ensure you are not convicted of a crime you didn’t commit.
Call the Law Office of Michael Crawfordtoday. Dial (816) 945-4930.
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