Possession of controlled substances, such as marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, psilocybin (psychedelic mushrooms or ‘shrooms), methamphetamines and prescription narcotic pain medications are the most common types of drug charges. While drug possession is not as serious as other crimes like distribution, trafficking, and manufacturing, it can still have far-reaching consequences. For instance, having a criminal record can make it difficult for you to get a loan or find a job. A good defense can help you avoid this.
The first thing you should do if you are picked up for any drug crime is to hire an experienced criminal lawyer who handles the type of case with which you were charged. Upon conferring with you and examining the evidence, your lawyer will help you deal with the police and the prosecutors. If your case goes to trial, your lawyer will also represent you, and ensure your rights are protected at all times.
Penalties for possession charges can range from deferred prosecution to fines and rehab, all the way to serious jail time. Your lawyer will work to help clear you of the charges, to reduce the charges or to negotiate a means by which you can avoid a conviction altogether. Your lawyer should work diligently to get you the best possible outcome.
Expungement or Expunction
Your lawyer can also help clear your record after a deferral, after you have served your sentence, or if you have been wrongfully accused and charged. Many criminal lawyers offer expungement and expunction services to those who are eligible.