Mo. Stat. Ann. § 195.202: ...

Mo. Stat. Ann. § 195.202: Possession of a Controlled Substance

The possession of an illegal controlled dangerous substance (CDS) is charged differently depending on the state where the offense occurs. In Missouri, a state with an already high crime rate, officers are aware of the drug use and they use extensive resources towards reducing the occurrence of this crime. How are charges made? There are several factors that go into a charge for a drug crime, and the following are some of the main ones:

  • Type of drug
  • Amount of drug
  • Type of crime being charged (possession, sale, etc.)

A charge for possession will likely differ in penalties when compared to a crime for selling. That is not to say that you cannot face more serious penalties if found possessing a controlled substance. One way in which these penalties can increase are when officers suspect that the drugs were being held for the purpose of sale. They may come to this conclusion when there are large amounts of the drug or certain drug paraphernalia is present, such as baggies or measuring scales.

In Missouri, CDS are broken up and classified by five schedules: Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V. Drugs that are considered to be the most dangerous will be listed in Schedule I. The penalties for drugs listed in the different categories varies. Typically, possession will be considered a Class C Felony, with the maximum sentence allowing for a fine of $5,000 and seven years in jail. This is covered in Mo. Stat. Ann. § 195.202. A conviction for possession will also lead to a felony mark being included on your criminal record.

Have you been charged or arrested for a drug crime in Missouri? Contact the firm's St. Louis criminal defense attorney immediately to start fighting charges!

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