Possession of drugs is a common offense and generally comes in one of two varieties under Missouri Law.
Class A misdemeanor – up to 1 year county jail
-possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana
-possession of drug paraphernalia
Class C felony – 1 year – 7 years
-possession of any controlled substance other than 35 grams or less of marijuana
Actual possession: A person has actual possession if he has the substance on his person or within easy reach and convenient control.
Constructive possession: A person who, although not in actual possession, has the power and the intention at a given time to exercise dominion or control over the substance either directly or through another person or persons is in constructive possession of it.
Sole possession: If one person alone has possession of a substance possession is sole.
Joint possession: If two or more persons share possession of a substance, possession is joint.
Our attorneys have successfully defended many drug possession cases including FREE CASES (cases in which drugs have been planted on the defendant) to NOT GUILTY verdicts at jury trial. We have also helped addicts avoid convictions and receive the treatment help they truly need. We have also helped the recreational user achieve dispositions that do not negatively affect their criminal record.