Olathe Drug 
Possession Attorney

Defining Kansas’ Possession
 Statute § 21-36a06

Kansas Statutes Annotated § 21-36a06 makes the possession of any controlled substance illegal. The legislation also outlines a scheme that charges certain offenses as crimes of different severity.

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When Is Drug Possession a Misdemeanor?

Possession of depressants, certain stimulants, hallucinogens, steroids and other classes of controlled substances can result in a class A nonperson misdemeanor charge. Penalties will vary from cases to case, but a first offense is punishable by up to $2,500 in fines and up to one year of imprisonment. 

Possession of drug paraphernalia is also considered a class A nonperson misdemeanor.

Is Drug Possession a Felony?

Any person who is in possession of any opiates, opium and stimulants such as cocaine will be prosecuted for drug possession as a level 4 felony. Depending on the circumstances, convictions can result in up to three and a half years in prison and fines up to $100,000. 

This assumes a very limited quantity of the drug. As referenced elsewhere throughout this site, classification of drug felonies is now based on quantity with significantly contrasting penalties as quantity increases.

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Understanding the Consequences of Drug Possession in Olathe

Drug possession charges can have serious legal consequences, regardless of whether they are classified as misdemeanors or felonies. It's important to understand the potential impact on your life and future, as well as the options available to you. Our experienced Olathe drug possession attorneys at Garretson & Toth, LLC can provide the legal guidance and representation you need to navigate the complexities of drug possession charges.

Consequences of drug possession charges may include:

  • Fines and court costs
  • Probation or parole
  • Community service
  • Loss of driver's license
  • Criminal record
  • Difficulty finding employment or housing

It's crucial to seek legal advice and representation as soon as possible to protect your rights and explore potential defense strategies. Contact our Olathe drug possession attorneys today for a confidential consultation.

Penalties for Multiple Convictions

Under Kansas law, multiple drug possession offenders are subject to enhanced penalties, including up to three and a half years of imprisonment and up to $100,000 in fines. Second offenders may also be prosecuted with felony charges if their prior conviction involved a certain controlled substance, such as MDMA or marijuana.

Is Marijuana Legal in Kansas?

While other states are in the process of legalizing marijuana, Kansas continues to punish a second, simple possession of marijuana (regardless of quantity) as a felony. No matter the particularities of your drug possession allegation, the Olathe criminal defense lawyers at Garretson & Toth, LLC are prepared to draw upon our 60 years of combined legal experience to provide you with the legal representation you need to reach the best resolution possible.

Defending Against Drug Possession Charges in Olathe

Although they are the most common type of drug crime, drug possession charges in any county throughout the state of Kansas are no minor matter. Depending on the type of drug or controlled substance you are arrested for, you can face serious terms of imprisonment. In addition, Kansas imposes enhanced penalties for possession cases that involve large amounts or quantities and for habitual offenders. 

Our Olathe legal team at Garretson & Toth, LLC has become adept in the defense strategies and legal actions needed to deflect possession allegations and to dismiss or reduce penalties as much as possible. Our Johnson County drug crime lawyers also focus on obtaining alternative and diversion sentencing for clients whenever possible.

If you are facing any type of possession charge, you need to contact an Olathe drug possession attorney from our firm as soon as possible so that your case can be immediately evaluated and investigated. Call (913) 971-0296 today.

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