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In Cuba and across Missouri, drug offenses are treated very seriously by legislators and law enforcement. People confronted with an arrest for drugs must be cognizant of the potential penalties they will face if they are convicted. One aspect of the law for drug charges differentiates between the locations where the drug was distributed.

This means that some areas have more serious penalties if the drugs are distributed there when compared with other locations. Understanding the charges and consequences for being arrested after distribution at a protected location is critical to a defense.

There will be a charge of distribution at a protected location if the person sells, delivers or distributes a controlled substance in certain areas. A notable exception is if it was 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid. These charges will be made if the sale is within 2,000 feet of a school or a school bus. It can be a private or public school and a vocational, elementary or secondary school.

If the incident occurred within 1,000 feet of a park, there will also be a charge for violating the protected location law. That includes a public, state, county, municipal or private park that is used for public recreation. Property in which there is public housing or other housing that is government assisted also falls under this law. Those charged will face a class A felony which can result in 10 to 30 years or life in prison if they are convicted.

People who have been arrested on drug charges can face a litany of legal and personal problems. The penalties for a conviction on these allegations can be harsh and if it is near a school, a park or a public housing area, they are substantially worse. Whether it is a person who is alleged to have been involved in high-level drug trafficking or someone who had a small amount, the consequences are extensive. To avoid the worst-case scenario, it is wise to have legal assistance from the start. A law firm with experience in providing a defense for drug offenses might be able to help.