St. Louis Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers
Crimes related to illegal drugs persist, though the landscape looks different today than in the heyday of the “War on Drugs.” Crack is not as dominant, whereas heroin, methamphetamine and prescription drug abuse are on the rise. State laws have encouraged the use of innovative drug courts to create alternative sentences and treatment incentives to those suffering from substance abuse. Federal law has shifted too, as the harsh Sentencing Guidelines have become advisory only in nature, allowing a trial judge to more easily depart from the Guidelines and sentence in a manner consistent with the nature of the particular defendant. A successful defense to any criminal charge under these new realities requires not only an experienced criminal defense attorney, but one who has a deep understanding of all of these substantive and procedural changes in the law, particularly with regard to alternative sentencing.
If you face investigation for or charges related to drug crimes, you want to carefully choose the lawyer who will handle your case. A conviction for a drug offense can carry severe consequences beyond fines and imprisonment. You may find yourself subject to an order that limits your access to your children, locked out of future job markets and subject to years of mandatory drug testing. You want an experienced and knowledgeable drug crimes attorney in St. Louis and St. Charles to protect your rights.
At The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C., we have more than 60 years of combined legal experience. We have personally handled more than 1,000 criminal trials, so we have the skill, knowledge and experience to protect your rights in court. We can also quickly determine whether your interests will best be served by seeking a plea agreement.
Our Drug Crimes Defense Practice
We provide comprehensive counsel to people charged with drug crimes in the federal and state courts in Missouri. It is important to understand that both Missouri and the federal government have laws regarding drug related activities, and the same conduct can subject you to prosecution in both state and federal court. Generally, charges in federal court carry more significant or severe sentences.
Our lawyers handle a broad range of drug crimes, including:
Our lawyers have extensive experience in defending individuals charged with drug related offenses, in both state and federal court.
If you hire The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. to defend you in a drug related offense, we will conduct a full investigation of your case, looking at how police gathered evidence against you, as well as the credibility of any testimony against you. We will confirm whether law enforcement officers had probable cause to conduct any search, seizure or arrest, and whether you were properly advised of your constitutional rights if taken into custody.
We know that some individuals charged with drug crimes are better characterized as individuals with substance abuse problems and not criminals, and for those who wish to obtain treatment for their problems without a criminal conviction, we can help.
Contact The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C.
For a free initial consultation with an experienced St. Louis criminal law attorney, contact us online or call our office at 314-993-6300 or toll free at 800-844-2232. We will set up a telephone consultation, if necessary, and will meet with you on Saturday upon request. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are welcome.