What may be legal in Colorado is not necessarily the case in Missouri, especially when it comes to marijuana possession. Although the country is seeing change in criminalization of marijuana possession and use, Missouri remains with the majority of states: possession of the drug is a criminal offense. In fact, marijuana is a schedule I drug in Missouri and the penalties can be hefty. New laws, however, have eased up on penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Penalties for Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana in Missouri
As of January, 2017 Missouri made changes to criminal penalties for marijuana possession. Since that date, if you are caught with a small amount of the drug (ten grams or less), there is no possibility of spending time in jail. Possession of ten grams or less of marijuana is now a Class D misdemeanor which amounts to a fine of $500.
Penalties for Possession of Greater Amounts of Marijuana
Possession of greater amounts of marijuana in the state means substantially greater penalties. If you are arrested with more than ten grams but less than thirty-five grams the charge becomes a Class A misdemeanor. Although not a felony, a Class A misdemeanor can mean jail time. You can be sentenced up to one year in jail as well as fines up to $2000.
A Marijuana DWI/ DUI
You can be arrested for marijuana possession in all types of situations. One common scenario that may arise in the case of drug possession is being pulled over by an officer for a traffic infraction. In this case, if an officer suspects that you are driving under the influence of marijuana, he or she can arrest you for DWI/ DUI. Not only will you face charges for possession but will also face DWI/ DUI charges as well.
Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer
Although marijuana possession penalties are not as heavy as they previously may have been, there are cases with exacerbating circumstances, or instances where you may have a prior drug conviction, where the penalties can be much more severe. Penalties are also harsher in cases involving delivery, manufacture or drug trafficking. In any instance where you are charged with a drug crime, it is always best to speak with an attorney that will fight to protect your rights. The attorneys at the KC Defense Counsel have experience defending those accused of marijuana possession and can help you achieve the best possible outcome for your criminal defense case.