Marijuana Possession Charges in Kansas City MO - starting at $450


There have been some very significant changes to the way in which the state of Missouri (and more specifically, Kansas City) handles marijuana possession charges.  And there are plenty of efforts to make sure more reforms are on their way.  But to be clear, it is still illegal to possess marijuana in the state of Missouri.


The changes that went into effect April 2017 in Kansas City are significant, but there are still a couple huge distinction to be made (as compared to what has happened around the rest of the country, like the state of Colorado).  In places like Colorado and Washington State, it is legal to possess marijuana.  In other words, those states have legalized this particular drug.  But in the state of Missouri, the marijuana drug laws have been “de-criminalized”.  This simply means that there were modifications made to the existing law (usually in an effort to make the penalties that can be imposed less severe).

The second point to make is that these recent changes will apply to the Kansas City MO municipal area.  So if you are caught within the boundaries of this district, then the new laws will apply to you.  In other words, if you are caught in Grandview MO, you cannot expect the same alterations.

Here is how is now works:  if you are caught with less than 35 grams of marijuana in Kansas City MO, the maximum fine that can be levied is $25 (down from a max of $500), and there will be no jail time.  This is great news.  But please be aware:  if you are charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession (less than 35 grams), it is still very important that you not simply pay the fine of $25!!!!  Because doing so is the same thing as pleading guilty to the charge of possession, WHICH IS STILL ILLEGAL!!!

What will happen if you plead guilty to the charges of marijuana possession in Kansas City MO?  It will become a part of your permanent record as a drug conviction.  This will make it incredibly difficult for you to get a decent job, rent a decent apartment, receive student loans, and in some cases an inability to open up a simple checking account.

So yes, it is a very positive thing that has happened Kansas City MO.  De-criminalization of activity that never should have been illegal in the first place is a good thing (and hopefully we will someday soon get to legalization).  But it is still illegal activity, and therefore very serious!  So please do give us a call so that we talk about your options.  Our first step will involve an analysis of the facts surrounding your case (because sometimes there are situations in which we can get the charges dismissed altogether).  In other situations, we can work out a deal with the local prosecutor to get the charge reduced down to a lesser infraction (so that nothing negative appears on your record at all).

The affordable Kansas City MO criminal defense attorneys at Brinkman & Alter, LLC, have been helping people with their misdemeanor charges for over ten (10) years.  Our goal is to make sure that the charges leveled against you do not stay on your permanent record, and do any lasting damage.  And we want to do all of this at an affordable price.  The fees for a typical misdemeanor case start at $450.  But the initial consultation to discuss your legal issues is free of charge.  So contact us today!!

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