Can You Get Marijuana Possession Charges Dismissed in Missouri?

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Marijuana possession charges can often be dismissed due to the steadily relaxing views on marijuana use and possession. Still, the fact remains that marijuana possession is federally illegal. In fact, marijuana has not even been decriminalized in Missouri. It is true that jail time is not necessarily a consequence of marijuana possession. However, pleading guilty is not in your long-term best interest, as it will result in a drug conviction on your permanent criminal record.

What a criminal defense attorney can do for your marijuana possession charge

Hiring a criminal defense attorney creates the best conditions for fighting a marijuana possession charge. For example, an attorney can review the facts of the situation and evaluate whether the police had reasonable suspicion to justify a stop or probable cause to conduct a search of your person. Suppose a search was conducted under a search warrant. In that case, an experienced attorney can verify whether probable cause supported the search warrant and whether the search was executed by the police properly. Furthermore, a search warrant is sometimes limited to a specific location. If the police exceeded that search's boundaries, the search is illegal, and the evidence can be excluded even if marijuana was recovered.

It may also be possible to advance certain legal arguments to dismiss marijuana possession charges. For instance, Missouri police may break up a party, charging everybody present with marijuana possession based on their association with one drug user. Charging everybody seems like an overly broad discretionary action on behalf of the police department. In response, it is essential to prepare a strong legal defense that presents reasons and legal arguments for why one should be excluded from marijuana possession charges. Though it may be tempting for some to represent themselves in court, a good criminal defense attorney can maximize the chances of dismissing a marijuana possession charge.

How to deal with a marijuana possession charge

Do not just pay the fine. Though it seems like the easier option, admitting marijuana possession and paying the fine is not necessarily the smartest course of action. Instead, it will result in an automatic guilty conviction and will appear on background checks. Having a drug conviction on a criminal record can have unforeseen consequences such as being screened from applying to an internship or a job, being passed over for an application to an apartment, and even securing federal aid in the form of student loans for college. Admitting to a marijuana possession charge can result in a conviction appearing on one's criminal record.

Regardless of the gradually relaxing views of marijuana possession in Missouri and more broadly across the United States, certain employers or landlords may still view a criminal record unfavorably. Indeed, the smarter course of action includes hiring a criminal defense attorney equipped to fight the imposition of the charge in the first place.

Call (417) 865-2181 to schedule a consultation with Dean Price Law in our Springfield office. NOTE: This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

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