As someone who is facing charges for drug crimes, it’s important that you don’t make the mistake of believing myths about those charges. While you might not think that your charge is very serious, the reality is that the court is likely to take it seriously regardless of what it is.
There are many misconceptions about drug-related charges that need to be cleared up. Here are the four most common misconceptions that people in the public believe.
- A conviction for a minor drug charge isn’t serious
Any kind of conviction is serious. Even if you receive a misdemeanor, you could go to jail, have to pay fines, lose scholarships or financial aid to a university or college, lose your professional license(s), or see other lasting impacts. It may be harder to find a job, and depending on the charge, you may have trouble in your social circles, too.
- Any possession charge is going to be a misdemeanor
Drug possession charges can be felonies or misdemeanors. The kind of charge you’ll face depends on how much of the drug you have in your possession as well as where you were when you were caught with it. Getting caught with a small amount of a drug in a schoolyard may be just as significant as getting caught with a larger amount of a drug in a local club. Don’t assume that this will be a misdemeanor charge.
- Prescription drug crimes aren’t significant to the legal system
Prescription drugs become illegal drugs when they’re taken by the wrong people, sold by people who don’t have a pharmacy license or given away by those who aren’t medical professionals. The illegal use, possession, distribution or transportation of prescription drugs can be just as serious as getting caught with illicit substances.
- You don’t have to worry about a first-offense charge
While it’s true that a first-offense charge is less likely to lead to time in jail, the reality is that it can still lead to harsh penalties. Alternative penalties may be available in some cases, but a conviction could still remain on your record.
These are four common misconceptions about drug charges. If you’re accused, make sure you have a strong defense to prevent lasting damage to your reputation.