So, you heard Columbia, MO legalized marijuana use? Don't believe it. Marijuana use is still a crime in Columbia, MO and will be a part of you record that shows on a background check when you go for a new job or security clearance.
Some of the confusion over Columbia, MO marijuana possession laws come from a city ordinance passed back in 2004. But, that ordinance only pertains to whether you can be arrested on the spot for a small amount of marijuana in your possession. You can still be convicted of a crime for the possession, even without being arrested on the spot. This 2004 "Proposition 2" focused on possession of cannabis under 35 grams (1.25 ounces). This level of possession offense was limited to a $250 fine. But, the ordinance has been changed to allow prosecution for multiple counts.
Marijuana possession cases are handled by the Columbia Municipal Court, which publishes its arrest and summonses online. Local media outlets can publish these reports that can include your name and the offense. This means your name will be on a webpage in Google that shows your summons for possession, far into your post-college career.
Also, most of the Columbia, MO area colleges have student drug use policies. Here's Mizzou's
Many financial aid and credit arrangements can be nullified by a record of drug possession.
There are many ways to approach a possession charge from a legal defense standpoint. The methods should be customized to protect what is important to you, whether that it your time or future record. If a friend has received a charge of possession, it's important to get some personalized legal advice on how to handle it. A local Columbia, MO attorney can be a huge benefit to the final outcome.
Whatever your legal challenge, we will listen to your concerns and answer your questions about likely outcomes and consequences. We deal with marijuana possession charges in Columbia, MO. Contact Holder Susan Slusher, LLCtoday for a free consultation or case review. Bogdan Susan manages our criminal and injury area of the practice. While we are based in Columbia, MO across the street from the Boone County Court House, we help clients in several parts of Missouri.
The information on this web page does not provide legal advice and does not create an attorney- client relationship. If you believe you need legal advice, please contact an attorney directly.