Missouri man will spend 27 years behind bars for drug conviction

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Missouri man will spend nearly three decades behind bars after a conviction on various drug offenses and weapons charges.

The 50-year-old man was found guilty of the crimes in October. According to the news source, police found crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia in the man’s home in September 2009. A loaded revolver was also found in the home.

The man was sentenced to 27 years in prison. The man is considered an armed career criminal, which officials say contributed to the lengthy prison sentence.

If the man serves his entire prison sentence, it will be 2039 when he is released. Obviously, a prison sentence of this length will have a huge impact on the man’s life.

Drug and weapons crimes are serious, and as evidenced by this case, can carry with them harsh penalties. Although the charges are serious, everyone is entitled to a strong defense. Authorities may not always have the full story, and a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Those in Missouri who are facing federal criminal charges would likely benefit from working with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney will be able to answer questions about the legal process, and explain what options may be available to an individual. The attorney will also work to protect the rights of the accused while mounting an aggressive defense against the charges.

Just because an individual has been accused of a crime does not mean their life is over. With a strong defense, an individual may be able to have the charges against them reduced or even completely dismissed.

Source: CBS, “27 Year Prison Term For St. Louis County Man,” Jan. 6, 2011