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Kansas City, Kansas, Drug Crime Attorney

Immediate Legal Intervention to Protect Your Rights in Drug Crime Cases

If the police arrest you for drug possession or any drug crime, you have just one chance to get your defense right. The knowledge and skill of your legal counsel can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. To avoid the worst penalties, have the Stone Law Office examine your case.

We review the actions of arresting officers and investigators in order to determine if there was an illegal search or if investigators overstepped the line in using informants against you. We're also prepared to defend you if the government initiates a civil forfeiture action and attempts to seize any of your assets or personal property.

Free Consultation: 913-281-6601 • After Hours: 816-516-8000

Based in Kansas City, Kansas, criminal defense attorney Gary D. Stone represents citizens throughout the Kansas City metro area. He has the proven ability to have charges dismissed or reduced, get you qualified for diversion programs, or provide a compelling defense at trial. Mr. Stone can defend you against all drug offenses, including:

Drug possession (felony)

Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute

Marijuana (misdemeanor or felony)

Drug trafficking

Possession with intent to sell

Manufacturing

Drug dealing (sale)

Possessing precursor drugs

Drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor)

Federal drug crimes

Understanding Drug Crime Charges

NOTE: There is no double jeopardy protection for drug crimes — the authorities can charge you in both state and federal court for the same drug offense. If you are close to the minimum threshold for federal charges (possession of 50 grams of cocaine, for instance), it is critical that your lawyer contact the U.S. Attorney to come to an agreement that you will not be charged federally if you come to an agreement or are found guilty in state court.

In addition to jail time, a drug conviction has many other possible punishments, including monetary fines and civil forfeiture of your vehicle, cash, cell phone, or any other property connected to the alleged crime. The Stone Law Office is committed to minimizing the total impact on your life.

Also, the government can initiate civil forfeiture proceedings in order to seize any property it believes you acquired with proceeds from illegal drug activity. Since forfeitures are civil proceedings, they are held independent of your criminal trial. As a result, even if you are found "not guilty" of drug charges in criminal court, you could still lose the forfeiture action against you in civil court. This means you could lose your home and other assets even if you are acquitted of the criminal drug charges against you.

Drug Possession in Kansas • Sentencing Alternatives

In Kansas, possession of any controlled substance (cocaine, meth, ecstasy, legal narcotics without a prescription) is a felony offense, except for small amounts of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor. If you are convicted, depending on the nature of the offense, prior convictions, and other factors, felony drug possession triggers sentencing guidelines that provide for prison terms ranging from one year to life imprisonment.

Many felony drug crimes call for imprisonment. The judge can order drug treatment as an alternative. Mr. Stone can present a compelling argument that probation meets society's best interests and that if granted probation, you would be unlikely to re-offend if given an opportunity to treat your drug problem.

Misdemeanor drug offenses (marijuana) and low-level drug possession cases are often punishable by probation in lieu of jail, depending on your criminal history. Mr. Stone will work to avoid or minimize incarceration at all costs.

Mr. Stone can advise on your eligibility for other diversion programs, which vary by jurisdiction.

Aggressive Defense

The Stone Law Office will thoroughly investigate your drug charge to determine whether the arresting officer respected your constitutional rights. Did the officer have a valid reason to stop your vehicle or search you for drugs? Did the officer illegally seize property or detain you? If the police violated your rights, the Stone Law Office will do everything in its power to suppress the resulting evidence in court.

Gary D. Stone is a former Wyandotte County, Kansas, Assistant District Attorney, with 12 years of criminal law experience. His knowledge of defendants' rights, plea-bargaining skills, and proven reputation as a trial lawyer all work to your advantage.

Contact the Stone Law Office immediately to discuss your drug possession, intent to sell, or other drug charge. Mr. Stone will explain your rights, discuss your options, and guide you to the best possible outcome under your circumstances. Call our Kansas City, Kansas, office at 913-281-6601, or contact Mr. Stone directly on evenings or weekends at 816-516-8000.

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Office Location:

Stone Law Office
New Brotherhood Bank Bldg.
753 State Avenue, Suite 388
Kansas City, KS 66101

Cell Phone: 816-516-8000
Phone: 913-281-6601
Fax: 913-281-6602

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Stone Law Office in Kansas City, Kansas, provides criminal defense to clients in the Kansas City, Kansas, metro area, including Lenexa, Overland Park, Shawnee, Lansing, Mission, Merriam, and Leavenworth, and represents both Kansas and Missouri residents charged with federal crimes.