Springfield Criminal Law Blog

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August 4, 2022
Researchers: drug treatments would ease crowded Missouri prisons
Missouri’s criminal justice system is at a critical point, researchers say. The Council of State Governments Justice Center says our state’s crowded prisons makes it vital that lawmakers vote to invest in behavioral health treatments that can help people kick substance abuse and become less likely to be arrested for drug crimes. The Center says the...
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August 4, 2022
New expungement laws good news for Missouri drug offenders
If you are facing a Missouri drug charge or have an existing drug conviction that impacts your ability to find work, you may eventually be able to put your crime behind you once and for all. A new law took effect at the beginning of the year that is making it easier for many non-violent...
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June 20, 2022
Factors that play a role in drug charges penalties in Missouri
When it comes to drug abuse and possession in Missouri, the court considers a number of things when determining an appropriate punishment. Although every case is unique, here are some basic factors that could play a role in sentencing. The type of drug In Missouri, drugs are grouped into different schedules, which is typically the...
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February 9, 2022
Frequently encountered federal drug charges
Federal drug charges are distribution, manufacturing and possession with intent to distribute in Springfield, Missouri. The general statutory maximum for federal drug offenses is about 20 years. Depending on the circumstances, there are mandatory five and ten years associated with the charges. Five year mandatory Federal Offenses with lower quantities of drugs tend to carry...
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January 15, 2021
How does Missouri law define drug paraphernalia?
Drug possession laws do not only cover illegal substances like heroin or meth. Drug users and manufacturers employ various tools and devices in order to manufacture and use drugs. The law refers to such tools as paraphernalia. Like the drugs themselves, a police officer could seize paraphernalia from you as evidence of a crime.  You...
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December 21, 2020
What are drug schedules?
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, drugs and other substances are separated into five categories, also known as schedules. Schedules are determined based on a few factors, such as the medical application of the substance and its abuse potential.  Drug schedules range from I to V, with I being the most severe and V being...
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