11 St. Louis locals charged with conspiracy

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Conspiracy on Friday, November 16, 2012

Although many think of government cover-ups and stories of spy scandals when a conspiracy is mentioned, the truth is that they are taking place at all times in cities across America. Some who have begun to engage in criminal activity with others may even be a part of a conspiracy themselves and not realize it.

When multiple people plan illegal acts with each other in secret, they run the risk of being caught and faced with strict conspiracy charges in addition to other criminal offenses. Late last month, numerous St. Louis area residents faced this very situation. 11 people from both Missouri and Illinois face a …

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 …

Cocaine bust leads to long prison sentence for Missouri man

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Missouri man was sentenced recently to 10 years in prison by a United States District Court. According to the United States attorney who prosecuted the case, the drug offenses he faced included possession with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

The man’s arrest and recent sentencing was the result of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The man admitted that he bought more than nine kilograms of the drug from two other men. These purchases happened between 2008 and 2010. After obtaining the drugs, he admitted that …