Kansas Law establishes several prohibitions that relate to distribution charges. Under Kansas Statutes Chapter 21 Article 36a, it is illegal to distribute any controlled substance, as well as drug paraphernalia and certain drug precursors that can be used to manufacture controlled substances. Distribution charges generally arise as the result of a suspicion that the alleged offender is involved in a larger chain within the illegal drug market. This makes prosecution intense because law enforcement agencies firmly believe that arrests and convictions for distribution can create leads for more arrests and keep drugs out of the community.
Penalties for distribution charges will vary depending on the controlled substance involved, the amount and any other extenuating circumstances, such as gang involvement. All distribution charges are felony offenses, and federal agencies such as the DEA have the potential to push for these drug crimes to be prosecuted as federal cases. If convicted on a state level, penalties can include prison sentences that range from 14 months to 17 years. If the offense is committed within 1,000 feet of a school zone, severity levels and penalties are increased and minimum prison sentences begin at 46 months. Federal charges will also result in more severe punishments.
In order to reduce your risk of suffering the maximum penalties, you need to work with tried and true criminal defense attorneys. At Garretson & Toth, LLC, our legal team has more than 45 years of combined experience, 24 of which were spent prosecuting a variety of drug crime and distribution charges. Our legal background prepares us to handle even the most complex and high stakes cases, as well as cases that involve enhancements and repeat offenders.
Our firm offers free case evaluations during which you can learn more about distribution charges in Johnson County and how we can assist you. Contact an Olathe criminal lawyer from our firm today.