Drug convictions are often automatically disqualifying for many jobs, to maintain scholarships, or even to stay in school. This may frequently include one-time experimentation with recreational drugs in college, and even relatively minor charges may be treated as if you were a serious dealer.
Many drug charges related to simple possession can be resolved with a fast plea to a misdemeanor with no jail time. Even though a small fine or attending a substance abuse course may seem like a painless way to put an arrest behind you, it’s important to keep in mind the long-term consequences of a drug charge and to consult with an attorney before entering into any plea agreement.
Even if the police seemingly caught you red-handed with drugs, there may still be several defenses available that can help you beat the charge or at least have the charges reduced. If the drugs were found in a car or apartment and not on your person, you may not legally be responsible for them depending on exactly where they were and where you were. If police found drugs after searching your person, home, or car, you have the right to have the court determine if the search violated your Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. If a search was illegal, the evidence cannot be used in court. Finally, the police are required to properly handle and test the drugs to ensure that a substance they say is an illegal substance is actually an illegal substance.
For help fighting a drug charge in Dane County, Monroe County, or anywhere else in Wisconsin contact Johnen Law Offices today.