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Protecting Your Rights In The Face Of Criminal Drug Charges

Mississippi punishes drug crimes severely. Even a seemingly minor drug possession conviction can lead to harsh penalties and lifelong consequences. Your best chance at protecting your rights and future is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Attorney Matthew Gilmer has over ten years of experience representing clients charged with drug crimes in the Gulfport area. He is a dedicated legal advocate who uses a client-centered approach in every case. When you work with him at Matthew Gilmer & Associates LLC, you will always receive the personalized attention you deserve while he fights for your rights and freedom.

Understanding Misdemeanor And Felony Drug Crime Charges

Drug charges are often categorized as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the type of drug involved, the amount of drugs involved, the severity of the offense and any prior drug charges or criminal record. Misdemeanor drug charges typically is a lesser charge that can lead to six months to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A felony is more serious and carries harsher punishments. If charged with a felony drug crime, you could face years behind bars and a fine of up to $10,000.

For example, possession of a Schedule I or II drug, such as cocaine or heroin can range from a misdemeanor to a felony charge depending on the amount of drugs in possession. Manufacturing drugs is always a felony in Mississippi and can lead to a 30-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $1 million.

At Matthew Gilmer & Associates LLC, criminal defense attorney Matthew Gilmer can defend you against a variety of misdemeanor and felony drug crimes, including:

  • Possession
  • Transportation
  • Distribution
  • Manufacturing
  • Trafficking

Aside from jail time and expensive fines, a drug crime conviction can have other serious impacts on your life. For example, a criminal record could make it more difficult to find a job, qualify for public housing or scholarships and hold certain licenses.

When you work with Matthew Gilmer at Matthew Gilmer & Associates LLC, he will thoroughly investigate your case, collect relevant evidence and consider multiple defenses on your behalf. Attorney Gilmer always prioritizes the needs of his clients and will fight tirelessly for your rights.

Get Started On Your Defense Today

When you face criminal charges, you need an attorney who understands the local legal system and knows how to advocate for your rights. To schedule a free consultation, call Matthew Gilmer & Associates LLC at 228-215-1385 or fill out an online contact form to send an email to the firm. The sooner you contact an experienced attorney, the better chance you have at presenting a successful defense. Don’t wait to call Matthew Gilmer & Associates LLC today.