On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Monday, October 1, 2012
Heroin, prescription drugs and methamphetamine use and abuse are on the rise. Therefore, police are watching closely for any drug offenses that may involve these substances. When faced with federal drug charges, the situation should not be taken lightly as the consequences have the potential to be very severe.
The good thing about the prescribed sentences associated with a federal drug crime conviction is that they are only advisory in nature. Therefore, judges are allowed to issue sentences that they believe fit the nature of the crime. This may come to help a Missouri woman who is now facing drug charges.
Police received a tip on the evening of September 24th that there was possible drug activity in a Missouri hotel. When police officers went to the hotel room, the occupants gave them permission to search it. According to the officers, they found a substance they believed to be methamphetamine as well as drug paraphernalia and other items that are often used when packaging and distributing illegal substances. The woman was taken into custody for suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.
In Missouri, if convicted for possession of methamphetamine, there may be serious consequences that follow. These consequences can go beyond prison and monetary fines. Those convicted may lose access to their children, experience difficulty obtaining employment and be subjected to numerous years of drug testing.
These severe consequences can be countered and potentially become less punitive with a strong defense and strategic negotiation tactics. Because the judge is able to use discretion in determining a sentence, a rigorous defense could result in a much less punitive outcome.
Source: Quincy Herald-Whig, “Woman faces drug charges after arrest at Hannibal motel,” Sept. 25, 2012