Facing charges of drug possession is always treated as a serious offense in the eyes of the law. All states regulate and control the possession of controlled dangerous substances, although most have their own unique definition of what constitutes a “controlled substance.” In the state of Kansas, a number of different drugs are classified as a controlled substance, from well-known drugs like marijuana to lesser-known substances like the compounds used to manufacture hard drugs like cocaine and heroin.
With so many different laws and statutes to be cognizant of, it's important that if you're facing any criminal charges related to drug possession, you have an experienced drug crimes attorney working on your side. With over 30 years of experience working with clients in Hays, Kansas and the surrounding areas, I have picked up extensive knowledge within the realm of drug crimes and the possession of a controlled substance. I can help you understand the charges you’re facing and outline an aggressive defense strategy aimed at reducing or completely eliminating your charges so you can move forward.
What Are The Penalties For Drug Possession?
Anyone who has been charged and convicted of drug possession, or possession of a controlled substance, can face a number of different penalties that vary in severity. In Kansas, most judges determine the applicable punishment based on the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines, which is a grid that takes both the offense and the defendant's criminal history into account. Ultimately, one of the biggest determining factors will be whether or not your conviction is classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, but anyone convicted of drug possession could face the possibility of significant fines and a lengthy prison sentence.