Drug Charge Lawyers in Joplin, MO & Miami, OK
Representation You Can Trust
Drug arrests and charges are among the most common types of criminal cases in Missouri, Oklahoma, and across the nation. Unfortunately, it is increasingly common for law enforcement officials and prosecutors to be overly zealous when investigating and prosecuting these offenses. This often results in police procedural errors, violations of your rights, and other flaws that can lead to being wrongfully charged or overcharged.
At Bennett & Gallon, we have decades of experience in fighting drug charges of all kinds. You don’t have to face the courts on your own or make do with an overworked public defender. You could be at risk for jail or prison time, heavy fines, years of probation, and other court-ordered penalties. A conviction for a drug crime could jeopardize your future in terms of employment, career choice, housing, educational opportunities, and more. With so much at stake, you need trusted representation that you can count on to serve your best interests — that is what you will find with our experienced team of drug crime attorneys in Joplin, MO and Miami, OK.
Drug Charges in Missouri & Oklahoma
Drug charges in both Missouri and Oklahoma are based on:
- Simple possession
- Possession with intent to sell
- Cultivation or manufacture
These charges can involve marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other street drugs, as well as unauthorized prescription drugs like Vicodin, OxyContin, Adderall, fentanyl, and more. Both Missouri and Oklahoma place drugs into categories called “Schedules” based on their degree of addictiveness and danger to users.
In Missouri, unless the drug charge is for marijuana, you will likely be facing felony charges for having any amount of drugs in your possession. In Missouri, marijuana possession of up to 35 grams is charged as a misdemeanor, while possession of more than 35 grams is charged as a felony. Misdemeanor charges can result in up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2,000, depending on the amount involved. Marijuana felony charges are punishable by up to seven years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
All other drug charges in the state are generally charged as Class C, Class B, or Class A felonies, depending on the circumstances. The respective penalties for these felonies range from three to 10 years in jail with fines of up to $10,000, five to 15 years in jail, and 10 to 30 years in prison.
The penalties for drug crimes in Oklahoma are specific to the type of drug and quantity involved and whether it is a first or subsequent offense. Penalties for Schedule I or II drugs include fines of up to $5,000 and a minimum of two to five years in prison for a first offense. Repeat offenses are punishable by four to 20 years in prison with fines increased to $10,000. Schedule I and II drugs include LSD, heroin, Quaaludes, Adderall, OxyContin, and more.
Penalties for drug crimes involving Schedule III, IV, or V drugs include a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to a year in jail for a first offense. Repeat offenses can result in fines of up to $5,000 and two to 10 years in prison.
How a Defense Attorney Can Help You
Once you are arrested for a crime involving drugs, any recovered evidence and recorded statements will be taken by police and given to the prosecution. When this happens, an official case against you is in play, and you should contact Bennett & Gallon immediately. We can assist by bringing to light any mistakes made during your arrest and filing motions to petition for a reduced sentence or lesser charges. Should your interests be best served by going to trial, our team will not hesitate to do so.
Connect with Bennett & Gallon via our online contact form or by phone at (888) 814-9045 to arrange for a free case evaluation with one of our competent attorneys.
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