Missouri lawmaker found in possession of marijuana
Recently, a Missouri legislator was cited for marijuana possession.
September 10, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Missouri lawmaker found in possession of marijuana
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In late August 2013, a member of the Missouri House was stopped by a law enforcement officer while he was on his way home from a House Democratic caucus meeting that had been held in St. Louis.
The lawmaker -- Representative Jeremy LaFaver -- was initially stopped because he never replied to prior charges he had received for operating a vehicle without insurance and with an expired license lag. During the stop, however, the police officer uncovered approximately 35 grams of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia in the vehicle. The legislator was released from custody after paying $125 in bail.
During the prior legislative session, the same lawmaker introduced a bill that would have changed the penalties for those found in possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana. The proposed legislation would have reduced the penalties for possession of such quantities of marijuana to a maximum $250 fine. In addition, in such cases there would have been a "strong presumption" that the individual should be allowed to participate in rehabilitation or community service in lieu of a jail sentence.
The bill never came up for a vote during the legislative session, however. Consequently, the legislator will face the current penalties under Missouri law if convicted of marijuana possession.
Fight marijuana possession charges in Missouri
Currently, in Missouri, the penalties for marijuana possession depend on the quantity of the substance found on the individual.
An individual found with less than 35 grams of marijuana may face misdemeanor charges. If convicted, he or she could be sentenced to up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
The penalties increase for those found with over 35 grams of marijuana, as possessionof such amounts can lead to felony charges. Those convicted of possessing from 35 grams to 30 kilograms of marijuana may face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. If convicted of possessing between 30 to 100 kilograms of marijuana, an individual could be jailed for between five to 15 years and be fined up to $20,000.
Finally, those convicted of possessing over 100 kilograms of marijuana can be sentenced to jail time from 10 years to life and be fined up to $20,000. If an individual is found with more than 100 kilograms of marijuana in Missouri, he or she may face trafficking charges.
If you have been charged with marijuana possession in Missouri, seeking the counsel of a skilled criminal defense attorney will ensure a strong defense is established on your behalf.
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