A drug conviction can mean fines, jail time, and other legal penalties for the accused. However, there is more to be worried about with drug charges than just the legal penalties. If you are arrested and charged with possession of drugs or intent to distribute, you could face further penalties that will impact your future. Some of those include the following.
More Difficult to Get a Job in the Future
Those with drug crime convictions may find it difficult to get a job in the future. Many employers are not willing to hire those who have a drug conviction on their record because of the risk of hiring someone who may go to work under the influence. While the person may change their life and stop taking any drugs, the conviction will still be on their record for future potential employers to see.
Might Not be Possible to Join the Military
Joining the military can lead to a rewarding career or be a path to higher education. However, the military does screen for drug and alcohol abuse. Someone who has been addicted to drugs or who has sold drugs cannot enlist in the military. If the person has prior drug use, there is a chance they may be allowed to enlist, but it is a low chance. This change is likely reduced if they are convicted of drug possession or intent to distribute.
College Loans May be Denied
If the person is arrested while at school, it’s possible they will no longer be able to attend the school. An arrest for drugs while in college, even if it’s not at the school, can lead to the accused being unable to obtain the loans needed to pay for their classes. This could mean they cannot afford to attend the school anymore, which will mean they cannot get a job in their preferred field. Combined with more difficulty finding a job in general, this can make it very hard for the accused to start a career.
Chance of Losing Basic Rights
Many drug charges, including possession of a large number of drugs or possession with the intent to sell, are felony charges. A felony drug conviction can lead to a loss of basic rights. The rights lost will vary based on location, but most states will restrict the right to vote or to own a gun after someone has been convicted of a felony. The accused may also lose their ability to travel abroad or lose other rights.
Ineligible for Certain Government Programs
A drug conviction can mean the accused is no longer eligible for a variety of different government programs. If they cannot find a job, they may not be able to get the assistance that would otherwise be available to them because of the conviction. They may also not be able to get certain loans, mortgages, or get help with housing from the government. All of this can make it harder for them to get back on their feet after they have completed their sentence.
If you’ve been arrested and charged with possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, or possession with the intent to distribute, it’s imperative you speak with an attorney about your situation. There are many unintended consequences you face because of these charges that can impact your entire future. Get help right away to minimize the impact these charges might have going forward.