Cocaine Charges: Criminal Defense Lawyers in Missouri
Hire a Top Criminal Defense Lawyer for Your Drug Charges in St. Louis and St. Charles County.
In Missouri, cocaine is considered a Schedule II controlled substance, because unbeknown to some, it has been found by some organizations to have medicinal value, however, it is most known for its danger for addiction and abuse.
Cocaine is commonly found as a white powder substance which is most notably depicted in movies and TV shows as ingested through the nasal cavities, however, it can be used in other ways.
Almost all possession charges will result in a felony charge, which can have serious implications. Even more serious felonies may accrue if the amount of cocaine is large enough to warrant a Distribution charge. If you’re charged with possessing cocaine, you need someone who is has District Attorney drug training, who understands the law and is skilled in the courtroom.
Krupp Law Firm Drug Defense Attorneys
Ryan Krupp, criminal defense attorney, brings invaluable experience to the table, having previously worked for both the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and Johnson County District Attorney’s Office. In these roles, he prosecuted a diverse range of criminal cases, including drug offenses. This hands-on experience in handling drug-related cases from the prosecution side has equipped Ryan with a deep understanding of the strategies and tactics employed by prosecutors in drug cases, including those involving cocaine possession or distribution.
As a result of his unique background, Ryan is able to anticipate and counter the arguments and techniques used by the prosecution, thereby providing his clients with an unmatched advantage in their defense. He thoroughly analyzes each case, identifying any weaknesses in the prosecution's evidence or arguments, and develops a strong defense strategy tailored to the specific circumstances of each client's situation. Ryan's unwavering commitment to justice and his determination to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients have led to numerous successful case resolutions.
With a winning mindset and a passion for helping people, Ryan Krupp consistently goes above and beyond to ensure his clients receive the best possible representation in their legal battles. His deep knowledge of the law, combined with his experience as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, make Ryan an exceptional choice for anyone facing cocaine charges in St. Louis and St. Charles County. By entrusting your case to Ryan Krupp and the dedicated team at Krupp Law Firm, you can have confidence in the skill, expertise, and tenacity that will be employed in your defense.
The attorneys at Krupp Law Firm are well-rounded and experienced in handling a wide range of cases, including those involving cocaine charges. Their expertise in criminal defense and their strong connections within the legal community make them the ideal choice for anyone facing serious drug charges in St. Louis and St. Charles County. With a team of attorneys like James Krupp and Ryan Krupp, who are both deeply committed to their clients' well-being and success, you can be confident in the legal representation you receive. Don't risk your future by going it alone – trust the experienced attorneys at Krupp Law Firm to fight for your rights and protect your interests.
Attorney James Krupp, with over 30 years of legal experience, has a proven track record of helping clients with personal injury, business litigation, traffic cases, workers' compensation, and criminal matters, including drug-related offenses. As a dedicated and compassionate attorney, James has successfully handled numerous cases involving drug charges, such as cocaine possession and distribution. This wealth of experience has allowed him to develop a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding drug cases and the most effective defense strategies for his clients.
James' extensive knowledge of the legal system and his relentless pursuit of justice have made him a formidable advocate for those facing cocaine charges. By staying up to date on the latest developments in drug laws and leveraging his strong connections within the legal community, James is able to provide his clients with a strategic advantage in the courtroom. His dedication to his clients and his unwavering commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for each case make him an excellent choice for anyone facing cocaine charges.
Beyond his impressive legal expertise, James' genuine passion for helping people in need sets him apart from other criminal defense attorneys. He takes the time to truly understand each client's unique circumstances and works tirelessly to provide personalized representation that addresses their individual concerns. When you choose James Krupp as your attorney, you can be confident that you are receiving top-notch legal representation from a seasoned professional who genuinely cares about your well-being and future.
Small Amounts of Cocaine Criminal Charges in Missouri
In the state of Missouri, possession of even small amounts of cocaine can result in serious criminal charges. In fact, depending on the amount and other factors such as prior convictions or intent to distribute, a person could be charged with anything from a misdemeanor offense to a felony charge that carries possible years in prison.
If you are found possessing more than 35 grams (1.2 ounces) of cocaine, you will face felony drug trafficking charges which carry potential penalties including prison terms ranging from 5-30 years and fines up to $250,000 for an individual offender
Possession with intent to distribute smaller quantities carries similar penalties but may include shorter sentences or probationary periods instead of jail time.
Those caught with less than 35 grams (1.2 ounces), can still face serious consequences if convicted on either a misdemeanor or felony drug possession charges. A conviction for simple possession of cocaine is typically classified as a Class C Felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison and/or fines up to $5,000 for individuals found guilty by jury trial; however, there is sometimes the possibility that the court may reduce it down to a Class D Felony which still carries potential punishment including 1-year imprisonment and/or fines up to $10,000 dollars upon successful completion of probationary period(s).
It is important for anyone facing any type of charge related to illegal drugs such as cocaine—including mere possession— call Krupp Law Firm immediately.
Cocaine Possession: D Felony
In 2017 the law in Missouri changed on possession of cocaine from a C felony to a D felony. Since Cocaine is classified as a Schedule II Controlled Substance under Missouri Law if you are accused of having possession of cocaine you will likely be charged with “Possession of a Controlled Substance.”
In Missouri, a person commits the offense of possession of a controlled substance if he or she knowingly possesses a controlled substance, except as authorized by Missouri Law.
The offense of possession of any controlled substance except thirty-five grams or less of marijuana or any synthetic cannabinoid is a class D felony. Thus, possession of cocaine regardless of how little and how pure may result in a D Felony charge.
Distribution of Cocaine: C to B Felony
In Missouri, a person commits the offense of delivery of a controlled substance if, except as authorized in this law he or she:
Knowingly distributes or delivers a controlled substance, attempts to distribute or deliver a controlled substance, knowingly possesses a controlled substance with the intent to distribute or deliver any amount of a controlled substance; knowingly permits a minor to purchase or transport illegally obtained controlled substances.
Except when the controlled substance is thirty-five grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid or as otherwise provided by law, the offense of delivery of a controlled substance is a class C felony.
The offense of delivery of a controlled substance is a class B felony if the delivery or distribution is any amount of a controlled substance except thirty-five grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid, to a person less than seventeen years of age who is at least two years younger than the defendant; or the person knowingly permits a minor to purchase or transport illegally obtained controlled substances.
Therefore, in Missouri, if you are accused of distributing any amount of cocaine to a minor less than seventeen years old who is at least two years younger than you, then you may be charged with the more severe B-level felony which carries a considerably more harsh sentence than the regular distribution charge and contains a mandatory minimum prison sentence, unlike the possession charge.
Distribution of a Cocaine in a Protected Location: A Felony
In Missouri, a person commits the offense of distribution of a controlled substance in a protected location if he or she knowingly distributes, sells, or delivers any controlled substance, except thirty-five grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid, to a person with knowledge that that distribution, delivery or sale is: In, on, or within two thousand feet of, the real property comprising a public or private elementary, vocational, or secondary school, or on any school bus; or in, on, or within one thousand feet of, the real property comprising a public park, state park, county park, municipal park, or private park designed for public recreational purposes, as park is defined; or in or on the real property comprising public housing or other government-assisted housing.
Therefore, any distribution of cocaine in a protected location as defined by Missouri law could result in a criminal charge which is an A level felony that carries with it a 10-year minimum prison sentence and could result in life in prison, depending on the circumstances.
How Krupp Law Firm Helps Your Case
Drug Courts and Treatment
St. Louis, St. Charles and other counties are putting a lot of emphasis on their drug and recovery courts. These courts are aimed at helping individuals who struggle with addiction, rather than prosecuting them. These courts are especially geared toward cocaine charges because of the rate of addiction and its dangers.
The Krupp Law Firm has handled many cases in which someone addicted to dangerous substances benefited greatly from these drug court treatment plans and can help you decided if the program is right for your situation.