What Is the Long-Term Impact of a Drug Conviction?
When you are charged with a drug crime, it can be a terrifying experience. Depending on your charges, you may be facing significant jail time and large fines for possession, sale, or transport of illegal drugs. Thankfully, even if you’re charged with a drug crime, you’re not automatically convicted. You always have the right to hire legal representation and fight your charges in court.
Fighting your charges can be important because not only are the initial penalties for drug crimes harsh, but the long-term impact of a drug conviction can be equally as damaging to your life. At Crowell Law Offices, we know that everyone deserves the right to a proper defense and a Sacramento drug crime lawyer from our team will work diligently to get your charges reduced or dismissed.
Lack of Opportunities
When you have a drug conviction on your record, it can lead to a lack of opportunities in the future. Even after you get out of jail, you may find it hard to obtain a job or apply for housing.
Because the conviction will remain on your record for years to come—and, possibly forever—society will continue to see you as a criminal. You likely won’t be trusted in the eyes of many, which means no matter how much you try to better yourself, it can feel like a lost cause.
Loss of Basic Rights
If you end up with a felony drug conviction, you’ll also lose many basic rights. You won’t be able to sit on a jury; you may not have the right to vote; and, you won’t have the right to carry a gun. Although these things may seem minor, it can make you feel demoralized and isolated from society. Every day, you’ll be reminded of your crime from the past, even when you’ve worked hard to put the past behind you.
Reach Out to a Sacramento Drug Crime Attorney
Because the long-term impact of a drug conviction is so significant, it can be crucial to avoid a conviction at all costs. An experienced attorney from Crowell Law Offices can negotiate on your behalf and hopefully get the judge and jury to reduce or even dismiss your charges.
If you’re ready to discuss your case with a Sacramento drug crime lawyer, fill out the contact form below or call 916-303-2800 to schedule a free consultation.