A criminal charge of possessing drugs can change your life dramatically. The police have very little sympathy for people they find with drugs, they will arrest you and you will face criminal charges. In Kansas, the drug laws are particularly severe. This means you definitely need someone workiny on your behalf, ensuring your best interests are served and your rights are protected.
In some states, you face lesser charges when you possess smaller amounts of a drug. This is not the case in Kansas. Similarly, in some states, you are only ticketed for possession of marijuana. In Kansas, however, you will be charged with a crime. The laws here are not lenient at all for those suspected of drug possession.
Under Kansas drug possession laws, You will receive no slap on the wrist, even just for a possession of marijuana charge. You won’t be ticketed and allowed to leave. In the vast majority of cases, you will be arrested.
The charge you face doesn’t depend on how much you have, but on any prior criminal record.
If this is your first offense, whether you have a joint or a few ounces, you will face misdemeanor charges. A misdemeanor carries up to one year in jail and fines reaching $2,500.
If this is your second or subsequent offense, you will be charged with a felony. Again, it doesn’t matter how much marijuana you are caught with. This felony charge carries anywhere from 10 months to 3.5 years in prison, along with fines up to $100,000.
Cocaine, Meth, Heroin Possession
In general, possessing something like cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamines can carry multiple years behind bars, whether it’s your first offense or not.
This is a felony charge. It usually carries up to 3 ½ years in prison and $100,000 in fines. However, if you are caught with enough of the substance that it appears as if you intend to sell it, you could face a far more severe sentence.
Possession with intent to distribute is always charged as a felony and can carry decades behind bars.
Regardless of your situation—whether this is your first exposure to the courts or your fourth—we may be able to help. Let us put you in contact with a local Kansas drug possession lawyer today.