Methamphetamine Criminal Charges in St. Louis and St. Charles County

Methamphetamine, also known as Crystal meth, or Meth is one of the most common drug charges in Missouri.

Methamphetamines come in many forms and may be ingested orally but they have become increasingly more common in crystalized form.

Crystalized Methamphetamine or Crystal Meth, which has been popularized and portrayed in mainstream media through its appearance in popular television shows is known for its stimulating effect and is highly addictive.

Methamphetamine charges are taken very seriously in Missouri. The range of punishment often stretches from a D Felony all the way to an A felony, which carries a 10-year minimum sentence.

Fortunately, the drug charge lawyers at the Krupp Law Firm are experienced in dealing with the prosecution of Methamphetamine and know what to do in the situation.

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Overview of Missouri Law on Methamphetamine Charges

Methamphetamine Possession: D Felony

Methamphetamine possession is considered a serious crime and typically considered a Schedule I Controlled Substance as defined by Missouri Law. The possession of any amount of methamphetamine is classified as a Class D felony. This means that if a person is found guilty of unlawful methamphetamine possession, they could face severe penalties, including prison time, fines, and a criminal record.

Class D felony conviction carries a potential sentence of up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Additionally, a person convicted of a Class D felony may also be required to complete drug treatment or community service as part of their sentence.

It's important to know that in Missouri, the penalties for methamphetamine possession can be increased if the person is found to have possessed the drug with the intent to distribute it.

Prior drug convictions can also lead to harsher penalties for subsequent offenses.

If you or someone you know has been charged with methamphetamine possession, call the experienced drug defense attorneys at Krupp Law Firm immediately. Our attorneys can help you understand the charges against you and the potential penalties and can build a strong defense on your behalf. We can also advise you of your rights and options, and represent you in court at trial if necessary.

Distribution of Methamphetamine: C to B Felony

Distribution of methamphetamine is a very serious crime in the state of Missouri. If a person is found guilty of distributing methamphetamine, they could face severe penalties including prison time, fines, and a lifelong criminal record.

The classification of the distribution of methamphetamine can vary, it can be considered a class C Felony or a class B Felony depending on the amount of the drug and the intent of the distribution.

A class C Felony conviction carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

A class B Felony conviction carries a potential sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

It's important to know that in Missouri, the penalties for the distribution of methamphetamine can be increased if the distribution was done near a protected location such as a school, parks, or other protected areas, or if the distribution was done to a minor. Also, prior drug convictions can lead to harsher penalties for any further offenses.

If you or someone you know has been charged with distribution of methamphetamine, it is important to consult with our experienced drug defense attorneys at Krupp Law Firm immediately. Our attorneys can help you understand the charges against you and the potential penalties and will work to build a strong defense on your behalf.

Distribution of a Methamphetamine 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 methamphetamine in a protected location as defined by Missouri law could result in a 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.

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Drug Courts and Treatment

St. Louis, St. Charles, and other counties in Missouri 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 methamphetamine addicts 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.

How Krupp Law Firm Helps your Case

The Krupp Law Firm closely looks at the evidence against you right from the beginning with the idea that any criminal charge might go to trial. We analyze your defenses and compare them to what sort of treatment you could benefit from in a drug court or treatment plan, rather than fighting the case. If the case needs to be fought, the Krupp Law Firm has experience on both sides of these cases and has had experience handling methamphetamine cases in court.

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