Drug crimes can be for sale, manufacturing, possession, and can be charged in state and sometimes federal court. Getting charged with a drug violation, otherwise known as a controlled substance crime, can be a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or even a felony.
These carry with them a host of collateral consequences. These can go beyond issues with immigration, licensing (both driver’s AND professional), housing, higher education, and, of course, a permanent criminal record.
With immigration, this can result in deportation from the country or exclusion in entering the country. There doesn’t even need to be a conviction in cases if there is an admission that the individual is a drug abuser or addict!
Housing issues can arise even if the charged didn’t involve the place where you live, although even that can result in eviction. Many apartments, school housing (dorms), or Section 8 housing, can deny your application because of a drug conviction.
Speaking of dorms, you can be evicted from them, because some schools have a zero tolerance policy which can get you expelled, and you can even lose federal financial aid.
Borgos Law understands that drug prohibition is criminogenic (laws actually produce crime or criminality). Prohibition has taught us that when something that shouldn’t be illegal is made illegal, society is negatively affected. You are negatively affected. You need a criminal defense attorney who may be able to keep you from receiving some of the harshest penalties that enforcement of these laws bring with them. You need an attorney as passionate in defending you as they are in fighting the drug war.
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