Kansas City Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys
At SRC Law Group, LLC, our drug crime lawyers have more than 25 years of combined legal experience. We have spent decades on both sides of the courtroom, ranging from prosecution to defense by trial. We proudly represent people charged with drug crimes such as drug possession, possession of paraphernalia and more in surrounding counties of the Kansas City area.
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What Makes Our Drug Defense Attorneys the Right Choice for You?
Results-Oriented Legal Counsel
As a Kansas criminal defense law firm, our primary focus is to provide the best possible defense for our clients who are facing drug-related charges. We understand that drug offenses can carry severe penalties, which is why we use our extensive knowledge and experience in the field of drug defense to thoroughly investigate every aspect of the case and to fight tenaciously to champion our client's cause.
We take the time to listen to our client's side of the story and gather all relevant evidence in order to build the strongest possible defense. We are well-versed in the laws and regulations surrounding drug offenses and are familiar with the various defense strategies that can be used in these cases.
We will explore every possible legal avenue to ensure that our clients receive fair and just treatment under the law. We will not settle for the easiest plea deal, instead, we will strive to defend our client's rights and interests in every stage of the legal process, from the initial investigation to the courtroom.
In short, as a Kansas drug defense law firm, our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of representation and to use our experience and knowledge to their benefit, in order to help them achieve the best possible outcome in their case.
Free Initial Consultations
We understand that facing drug-related charges can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. That is why we offer a no-obligation consultation service, where potential clients can come in and discuss their case with us, without any cost.
During the free consultation, we will provide you with information about your rights and the potential penalties you may be facing. We will also explain how our team of experienced attorneys can provide a defense for your specific charges, and answer any questions you may have about the legal process.
This consultation will give you a better understanding of your case and help you make an informed decision about your legal representation. And, best of all, there is no obligation to hire us, it is free and you can decide what is best for your case.
There Is No Such Thing as a Minor Drug Conviction.
Even if you do not go to jail, any drug conviction will result in a permanent criminal record that may follow you around for the rest of your life. That record could prevent you from obtaining student loans or finding a good job.
Questions about your rights or defense options? Need to speak with a professional about your drug crime matter? Call our office at (913) 948-9311 to get started.
Prior Drug Prosecution Experience Can Work to Your Advantage
Our attorneys have years of experience in the field of criminal law, specifically in the prosecution of drug crimes and felonies. This extensive experience gives them a unique and valuable perspective when it comes to defending clients facing drug-related charges.
Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the criminal justice system and know how the prosecution builds their cases. They have worked closely with law enforcement, forensic experts, and other experts in the field, and have an in-depth knowledge of forensic evidence and its role in drug crimes.
This knowledge allows them to thoroughly investigate every aspect of the case, and to build the strongest possible defense for our clients. They know how to identify and challenge any weaknesses in the prosecution's case and present evidence that supports our client's innocence.
In addition, our attorneys have a good understanding of the legal system and the procedures that come with it. They have the skill and knowledge to navigate the complexities of the legal process and to ensure that our client's rights are protected every step of the way.
Drug Crimes Our Law Firm Handles
- Cocaine, Crack, and Narcotics Charges
- Drug Manufacturing
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Drug Trafficking
- Federal Drug Charges
- Minor In Possession
- Possession With The Intent To Distribute
- Prescription Drugs
Because of unique experience and sharp legal insight, our legal team possesses the ability to do all the heavy lifting – even in the most complex or incriminating cases. Do not wait another moment to speak with us and learn how we can protect your rights and freedoms after a drug-related offense.
In many situations, drug crime charges can be combatted due to a violation of search and seizure laws or an unlawful arrest. As your Kansas City drug crime defense lawyers, we can analyze whether the arresting police officer did anything illegal during the stop, search, or seizure of drug evidence. If there is an issue with the police tactics, we will work to get the drug evidence suppressed in court.
If there is a defense to your case, then we will work tirelessly to uncover it. Call us at (913) 948-9311 to request your no-obligation case consultation.
Possession of a Controlled Substance in Kansas
All 50 states recognize and regulate controlled dangerous substances (CDS). However, each state has a say in what substances are considered controlled dangerous substances. Additionally, each state has its own penalties and consequences for illegally possessing CDS.
In Kansas, well-known drugs like Cocaine and Heroin are classified as CDS, along with the compounds used to create the drugs.
Kansas View on CDS
Kansas law breaks CDS into five categories or “Schedules.”
Schedule I - These are the “most dangerous” drugs. They have a high chance of addiction and abuse with little to no medical value.
Schedules II-V gradually decrease when speaking on the chance of addiction and abuse, with Schedule V being the least serious.
If you’ve been arrested in Kansas for CDS possession, you’ll want to speak with an experienced Kansas criminal defense attorney to discuss your rights.
Penalties for Illegal Controlled Substance Possession
As stated earlier, it is illegal to possess controlled substances in Kansas without a legitimate medical prescription. The penalties associated with CDS possession vary based on a few things.
The judge will base their decision on the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines, which is something that takes the accused individual’s criminal history into account, meaning that every case is different.
We understand that being arrested on charges for possession of a controlled substance can feel like your life has been turned upside down. We also understand that it can be demoralizing to research how to fight your charges, only to find that there is no “one size fits all” solution, leaving you feeling hopeless.
Fortunately, our team of trusted Kansas criminal defense attorneys at SRC Law Group, LLC is here to help. For countless years we have been helping individuals fight their charges, allowing them to return to their best lives possible.
We pride ourselves on fighting for our clients with all we’ve got, and we’re here for you if you need us.
What Is a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)?
In the event you or a loved one is arrested for driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) in Kansas, law enforcement officials at the scene may request the assistance of a drug recognition expert (DRE) to determine whether you or your loved one is intoxicated by drugs (e.g. marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, meth, PCP, GHB, opioids, etc.).
DREs are police officers who are trained and certified to perform this task.
DUID in Kansas Occur When:
- You are operating a motor vehicle and you have ingested one or more drugs—or a combination of alcohol and drugs; and
- You experience substantial physical and/or mental impairment from the drug and/or alcohol and prevents you from exercising safe operation of the vehicle, sufficient physical control, and/or clear judgment.
DREs 12-step process
In most cases, the arresting officer will call in a DRE when a driver passes a breath test but still appears intoxicated. DREs must adhere to ta 12-step process to make a proper assessment of a driver’s intoxication.
The following are the 12 steps a DRE must follow to determine drug intoxication:
- Breath Alcohol Test to ensure alcohol is not the cause of intoxication.
- Learn about the arresting officer’s observations during arrest.
- Examine the suspect by taking his/her pulse to ensure drug use is not related to injury or medical condition
- Conduct an eye examination (e.g. horizontal or vertical gaze nystagmus test)
- Perform a psychophysical test (e.g. one-leg stand, walk and turn, finger-to-nose, etc.)
- Check vital signs and check the pulse a second time.
- Check pupils in different lighting conditions
- Examine muscle tone
- Search for injection sites and check the pulse a third time
- After the suspect is given his/her Miranda warnings, interview the suspect
- Assess all information and find an opinion about drug intoxication
- Conduct a toxicological examination, such as a blood, urine, or saliva test
Whatever the DRE determines will not result in an automatic guilty verdict. Yet, the DRE’s opinion helps the police and the prosecutor’s case against you and will increase the likelihood of conviction.
Remember, you have the right to an attorney while the DRE evaluates suspected intoxication. Your criminal defense attorney will thoroughly investigate your arrest and determine whether the DRE made a mistake (e.g. the DRE’s certification expired, the DRE improperly administered the 12-step process, or too much time passed between when the suspect was driving and when the DRE performed the evaluation process.)