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Consequences of Drug Possession

Drug possession is one of the many rampant offenses that seem to take over the news lately. Being convicted of drug possession can bring about a jail sentence and/or fines. People caught possessing illegal or monitored drugs can also be given community service are quite often a probationary period, although generally the penalties can differ depending on the type of drugs and the amount that the person was caught with. Marijuana possession can have a different charge and penalties than being caught with cocaine possession or antidepressants.

Being charged (and convicted) of drug possession can have lasting effects on you, making it hard to travel overseas and could make employment very difficult to land. Most employers now tend to look into their applicant’s possible felonies and misdemeanours when hiring future employees. Generally employers prefer applicants with little to no criminal records, therefore having a drug possession charge can put you at a disadvantage. There is also the possibility of being fired by employers upon knowledge of your drug possession charge. This is in light of employers considering the possibilities of the drug charges affecting the business.

Serious drug possession charges can put you in jail for a significant amount of time. This would mean no income for you and your family. Aside from the social stigma of a drug possession charge, what people don’t know is that is can be a cause for a bankruptcy suit. Any type of legal charges can take a toll on your finances, especially if it would require hiring a lawyer to defend your case. Whether you are a first-time offender or has past convictions, depending of the severity of the offense, you will be required to be present at a substance abuse program that would be anywhere between a couple of months to several years.

Aside from the financial burdens of having drug possessions charge (you have to pay your lawyer for your defense), other possible penalties would be expulsion from school. This would be especially applicable if caught on campus or has the intention of selling or distributing the drugs inside the school grounds.

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