Possession of prescription drugs without a lawful prescription.
In recent years the number of people who are abusing their prescription medications has exploded. As a result, the number of people getting arrested for illegally possessing prescription drugs has risen sharply. If you’re currently facing charges for illegally possession prescription drugs like Xanax or Oxycontin, you might want to consider the following. When you’re caught carrying a prescription drug without a prescription in Missouri it’s considered “felony drug possession”. That’s even if you’re just carrying one pill without a valid prescription for the pill. So don’t underestimate the seriousness of your charges, call Combs Law Group today, your best option for a prescription drug lawyer in St. Louis. We’ll go to work as your criminal defense attorney right away and work to mitigate your charges.
Penalties For Illegal Prescription Drug Conviction
Missouri law doesn’t distinguish between prescription drugs and street drugs when it comes to the penalty structures. It treats a possession of Xanax like it would treat cocaine possession in the sense that it refers to the DEA’s Drug Schedules to determine the seriousness of the drug in question. The DEA has 5 Schedules for both street and prescription drugs. Depending on which schedule a drug is classified under, the penalties can range from 1 to 7 years in prison. For a drug like Oxycodone or Xanax, you’ll be charged with Class C felony and if convicted you’ll be facing a 1-year prison term if it’s your first offense. But the true cost of a felony conviction is the fact that you now have a felony conviction on your record, and you’re considered a felon for the rest of your life. That has long-lasting consequences on your life because you’re going to have to disclose to all future employers, future lenders, or future landlords your criminal history. That is a situation you will want to avoid at all costs.
Fighting Your Drug Charges Effectively
Finding the right attorney for your prescription drug possession case is going to one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your life. St. Louis has hundreds of criminal defense attorneys at your disposal and it’s difficult to know who will best meet your needs for your drug possession case. At Combs Law Group we stand by our record and reputation as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in St. Louis. We specialize in felony drug possession charges and we have extensive knowledge and experience with drug-related crimes. Specifically, with illegal prescription drug possession, we’ve represented several clients just over the last 6 months who had successful outcomes. Our capabilities have been proven time and time again and we want to deliver similar results to you. Our approach to defending drug possession cases starts with a free consultation with you to provide an initial assessment of your arrest and your charges. We will then determine a legal direction and provide you with an estimate of the level of effort we will need to put forth to get you a successful outcome. For instance, if you’re a first-time drug offender and the evidence in your case is strong, we might suggest entering a diversion program to avoid jail. Or if it looks like the police illegally searched your property to find the drugs we might file for a dismissal or take the case to trial. It will all depend on you and what you think is best for your situation. You will always be part of the decision making and you will always have 24/7 access to your attorney.
So while we hope you carefully consider your options in hiring a drug possession attorney, we really believe Combs Law Group is your best option. We appreciate your consideration and would be happy to speak with you about your case today. If you’re still on the fence we suggest you read our client feedback page to see what others have said about working with Combs Law Group as there dedicated St. Louis criminal defense lawyer.