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Don’t let a drug possession charge ruin your future

On Behalf of | May 20, 2022 | Uncategorized |

A criminal conviction can have a devastating impact on many areas of life. For young Mississippi college students, a drug conviction can be a blemish on an academic record and a major hindrance when pursuing future employment or educational opportunities.

There are both misdemeanor and felony drug charges, and penalties vary depending on the specific charge and other factors. Potential penalties involve high fines, prison time and probation, all of which affect your future since a criminal conviction goes on your permanent record.

Possession penalties

Even a simple drug possession conviction can have a major impact. While a first conviction for possessing 30 grams or fewer of a drug can result in a fine between $100 to $250, you may face between 5 to 60 days in jail for any additional conviction.

If you are facing a drug possession charge, there are some defenses that may be available, depending on your specific circumstances. The prosecution is required to prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

Proving drug possession

To convict you of drug possession, the prosecution must prove that you possessed the drug in question, knew that you had the drug, knew that it was an illegal drug and that you had control over the drug’s location and presence when arrested.

Potential defenses

You may have been given a substance not knowing it was an illegal drug, or someone may have planted the drug on you without your knowledge, to avoid a drug charge of their own. These are examples of defenses that may be available that can result in a reduced or dismissed charge.

There are also potential procedural defenses that could be raised. The police must follow proper procedures during each stage of the arrest process. Chain of custody must be established for the drugs, meaning that the prosecution must prove the drugs were not tampered with or temporarily misplaced at any point after your arrest.

Criminal defense attorneys understand that you are likely to feel overwhelmed and scared after a drug charge. You have rights under the law, and attorneys can examine your unique situation and explore any possible defenses.