St. Louis criminal defense attorney W. Scott Rose has more than 20 years of experience practicing law. He limits his practice to criminal defense work in the St. Louis area, including drug crime defense work, one of the most common cases Mr. Rose handles.
In St. Louis, drug charges can range from misdemeanors, like possession of marijuana or unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, to serious felonies, like possession with intent to distribute or drug trafficking. The most serious drug distribution cases in St. Louis go to federal court. Regardless of the charge, your future is on the line. The attorneys at Rose Legal Services will mount a vigorous defense on your behalf or, if appropriate, advocate for an alternative sentence. Often drug courts and diversion programs are available in certain types of drug cases in the St. Louis area.
Drug possession crimes generally fall into two categories: possession for personal use and possession with intent to distribute. Whether the accused is charged with one or the other is based on criminal code guidelines and factors considered include:
- Quantity of drugs in the defendant ‘s possession
- Location of drugs when found
- Presence of large amount of money in the defendant ‘s possession
- Observance of hand-to-hand transactions with others
- Presence of baggies or a scale
It is important that you immediately hire a drug defense attorney