As a young college student or a young person looking forward to college, you should do everything you can to make sure that your education and future do not run off the rails if you make a simple mistake.
Of course, the reality of the matter is that many young people see their bright futures snuffed out because of drug charges. Many universities refuse to accept individuals with drug convictions on their records, while drug convictions during your time in college can lead to jail time that knocks you out of your studies -- often permanently.
If you face drug charges of any kind, you should always fight them with every tool at your disposal. Whether you are innocent of the charges or simply made a foolish mistake, the harsh penalties that drug convictions carry are almost always much stronger than the crime truly warrants.
No matter what your drug charges are, you should consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to begin building a strong defense for your future.
A strong defense can fight for your rights in many ways
Even if you feel that the evidence against you presents an open-and-shut case, you should still consult with an attorney. Your lawyer can help you examine the details of your arrest and the relevant evidence to identify any possible violations of your rights by the arresting officer or the prosecution.
This can take many forms, depending on the nature of your case. In some cases, your attorney might find grounds to argue that the arresting officer did not follow proper procedures when arresting you or securing evidence against you. If you can prove these violations, the case against you is much weaker.
Similarly, an attorney can help you identify weaknesses in the prosecution's case. This may include creating doubt about whether the drug in question actually belonged to you, or perhaps another party. It may also mean laboratory testing the drugs that you supposedly possessed at the time of the arrest, which should match the charges against you. If the substance does not match the charges, or if the prosecution cannot produce the drugs in question, the court may drop the charges.
These are only some strategies that an experienced attorney might choose. No matter what the details of your case are, your future should not suffer simply because you failed to take action.
A strong defense fights to keep you in the game
With the guidance of an attorney who understands the importance of protecting young people from harshly unfair sentences, you can ensure that your future is not left up to a prosecutor.
Do not hesitate to enlist the help of an experienced attorney to protect your rights -- every day that you wait to begin building your defense is a day that the prosecution has to build a case against you.