Regardless of laws legalizing marijuana going into effect in some other states, the war on drugs wages on in Michigan. Law enforcement agents and prosecutors still aggressively pursue drug cases, and the penalties handed down to those convicted of drug crimes can be quite severe. Prison is often a reality. So, too, are large fines. But the damage caused to one's reputation can be just as damaging, if not more so. Having a drug conviction on one's record can affect an individual's ability to find employment and housing, and it could even limit their access to college financial aid, thereby dampening their future prospects.
A conviction on a drug possession charge can lead to serious consequences in Michigan. Depending on the drug and quantity involved, these consequences can include prison, fines, and damage to one's reputation. As scary as that may sound, there are defense options available to those who are accused of illegal possession of a controlled substance. Some of these defenses arise from exception in the state's drug laws.
If you are facing drug charges for the first time, you're probably worried about the penalties a conviction can deal to you. You might be afraid of being sent to prison, being forced to pay devastating fines, and having your record marred for years to come. Although these could all be real possibilities, in many cases there are other options. One of these options is a Michigan program called discharge and dismissal.
Some Michigan residents may find themselves breathing a sigh of relief to hear that the country seems to be moving toward a trend of decriminalizing marijuana use and possession. While the law may be trending this way, it is still critical for Michigan residents to realize that marijuana possession, sale and trafficking is still illegal. Although medical marijuana is legal, those who break these and other drug laws pertaining to marijuana can face pretty tough penalties that can drastically impact their future.
Facing drug charges is no laughing matter, as it could result in serious penalties, including decades behind bars and tens of thousands of dollars in fines, not to mention the damage to a convicted individual's reputation. Thus, the stakes are high in these cases, and aggressive prosecutors will likely pursue the case, armed with legal knowledge and the facts twisted in a way that supports their position. To combat this legal onslaught, those facing allegations of having committed a drug offense should prepare as strong of a criminal defense is as possible under the circumstances.
Drug charges in Michigan can have a significant impact on your life. That impact can be exacerbated if you fail to put forth a defense strong enough to confront aggressive prosecutors. The penalties you might face if convicted could include prison, fines and damage to your reputation. You might also find that obtaining a job and housing may be difficult if you have been convicted of a felony. Therefore, if you are facing allegations of drug trafficking, drug possession or another type of drug crime, then you need to prepare a thorough criminal defense in hopes of avoiding as many, if not all, penalties.
Methamphetamine is a drug that can be made with what were once over-the-counter medications and other ingredients. In an effort to curtail the manufacturing of methamphetamine, law enforcement and regulatory officials have taken steps to reduce the availability of key medications. As a result, many Michiganders may find themselves facing drug charges and the potential for serious penalties when they may not have had any intention at all to create methamphetamine.
Previously, this blog discussed constructive possession as it relates to drug charges and how it can affect a criminal prosecution. This is merely one of a number of drug charges a Michigan resident may face. Nearly all drug offenses carry the potential for significant penalties that can throw your life into disarray in more ways than one. You may be incarcerated and lose your freedom as a result, you might be forced to pay financially damaging fines and your reputation may be affected, impacting your personal and professional lives for years to come.
There are a plethora of drug crimes that a Michigan resident could be charged. Whether it is simple possession, possession of paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute or drug trafficking, those accused of breaking drug laws can be up against aggressive prosecution and the potential for serious penalties should they be convicted. A conviction can lead to a lengthy prison sentence, massive fines and irreparable damage to one's reputation. With so much on the line, those facing drug charges should carefully think about how best to defend themselves from the accusations.
There are a lot of criminal allegations that can cause serious harm not only to a Michigander's reputation, but also their very freedom. Amongst these serious criminal charges are those related to drug offenses. As our society continues to wage its war on drugs, even low-level offenders can find themselves facing severe penalties upon conviction. As was discussed in last week's post, even those who maintain a drug establishment can be dealt a serious blow, if found guilty of a crime.