Numerous Missouri residents face drug trafficking charges

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Monday, October 29, 2012

When an individual faces a drug charge, no matter what the circumstances surrounding the charge, it should always be taken very seriously. However, the good news is that the penalties that judges hand down in federal drug offenses will not necessarily be as severe as they have been in the past. This is because the law judges use to sentence in cases involving drug charges now makes prescribed sentencing ranges advisory only instead of mandatory. This allows judges to sentence in varying ways that are more fitting for the nature of the crime.

This may be good news for the 21 residents of Missouri that are facing charges for federal crimes involving drug trafficking. The 21 were indicted in front of a federal grand jury in six different cases. The cases arose as a result of a narcotics investigation in and near St. Joseph, Missouri.

According to prosecutors, the investigation started approximately two years ago after an increase in violent crime in the St. Joseph area.

These types of cases can result in serious penalties including prison sentences, monetary fines, difficulty obtaining future employment and, in some cases, an ongoing requirement for regular drug tests. Therefore, these situations must be handled with the utmost care.

It is always important for those facing criminal charges for drug offenses to have an advocate on their side. There are many reasons that lead to a drug charge, and it may not be a reason that merits a harsh sentence. For example, it is possible that the accused has a substance abuse problem and needs an avenue to seek out help for recovery.

It is also important for those facing criminal charges to realize that they are always innocent until proven guilty and that there are rights to which they are entitled and that the criminal justice system must afford them . A rigorous defense will help ensure that a person accused of a drug charge enjoys the full extent of these rights.

Source: SFGate, “Several St. Joe residents arrested on drug charges,” Oct. 24, 2012