If you have been charged with a drug crime, you may be surprised to hear that there is a way to get out of hefty fines and jail time. While drug court is sometimes considered a program for younger offenders, the state of Missouri offers an adult drug diversion program for older residents who do not qualify for the juvenile program. If you qualify, you may be able to avoid the life-altering punishments that typically await those accused of drug crimes.
Any Cocaine Results in a Felony
Missouri has no law on the records that results in a misdemeanor for possessing cocaine. Simple possession for personal use is rated as a Class C felony. If convicted, this will be reportable to anybody conducting a background check on you and stays there for your entire life.
Is selling heroin a violent crime? Prosecutors in the St. Louis area would say yes if someone dies of a heroin overdose. In fact, as part of a law enforcement initiative adopted in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Lincoln counties, police have begun investigating drug overdose deaths as homicides.
The criminal defense lawyers of Sindel, Sindel & Noble are highly experienced in helping clients appeal criminal convictions. Being convicted of a crime is not always the end of the story, and we know that unfortunately many lives have been disrupted by convictions resulting from faulty evidence.
It's called the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and if you're accused of a RICO violation, then you may be facing criminal penalties and costly civil lawsuits, even if you have not personally committed a crime. Prosecutors may bring a RICO charge if they believe you ordered or helped others to commit crimes.