Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances
Possessing a controlled substance without any valid medical prescription is considered a Class A nonperson misdemeanor in Kansas under K.S.A. § 21-5706. As a first offender, you may be facing up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500. However, a second or subsequent offense will be a Level 4 felony. Penalties can include incarceration, a fine of up to $100,000, or both.
Possession with Intent to Sell or Distribute
Charges of possession with intent to sell or distribute often rely on circumstantial evidence. These include having:
- Drugs packaged in separate bags, containers, or dosages.
- A large quantity of a controlled dangerous substance in your possession, more than a reasonable amount deemed for personal consumption.
- Weighing scales for measuring quantities of a controlled substance in your possession.
- A large amount of cash in your possession.
If you're facing charges of possession with the intent to sell or distribute in Kansas, under K.S.A. § 21-5705, you are looking at a Level 3 felony. You may be facing massive fines of up to $1 million, incarceration of up to 20 years, and additional lifelong repercussions.
Drug Trafficking, Selling, Distribution, & Manufacturing
If there is substantial evidence that you are involved in trafficking, selling, transporting, distributing, cultivating, or manufacturing controlled dangerous substances, you may face any of the drug-related charges discussed above. If convicted, you could be facing huge fines of up to $1 million and lengthy jail time of up to 20 years.
The severity of your punishment for any of these drug charges will be determined by your criminal history, the type of drug(s) involved, and the quantity of the controlled substance you are found with.
Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer
The penalties for drug charges in Kansas can be very harsh. Your offense can be considered a felony. Depending on drug charges and the quantity and type of controlled substance involved, you could be facing incarceration ranging from decades to life in prison and fines reaching tens of thousands of dollars. Likewise, there will be after-effects on your livelihood, reputation, and future opportunities. If you are facing drug charges in Kansas, you should contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to help protect your rights.
Reach out to my firm, Philip L. Weiser, Attorney At Law, today for a free case evaluation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. I will review your case and determine the best defense strategy. My objective will always be to fight aggressively and get the drug charges against you dropped or reduced, or to propose an alternative sentencing measure in lieu of incarceration. I will fight vigorously on your behalf to protect your rights and seek the best available outcome.