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Nonlegal consequences of a drug conviction

When you face drug charges, you are already aware of possible jail time, high fines, a criminal record and other legal consequences. Perhaps these do not even bother you that much, or you do not see the point in trying to fight a likely conviction.

However, a conviction for any drug charge carries lifelong consequences outside the reach of the judicial system. Knowing what they are can help convince you to spend the time, effort and money on hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer to aggressively defend your rights.

Difficulty finding employment and housing

Running a background check and finding public records are easier than ever in the age of information and technology. A conviction, or even drug charges, severely limits the types of jobs you can apply for and receive. If you already have a job, you may lose your position and/or professional licensing. You may also have challenges in finding a place to stay. Having a hard time earning income and maintaining a residence is only going to make it more difficult to stay away from using and/or selling drugs.

Loss of child custody

The court is always looking to do what is best for your children, and being involved in drugs is only going to get in the way of having custody or visitation of your children. Your drug use does not mean you are not a loving parent or cannot care for your children. However, a judge may interpret your actions as such and take away your parenting rights.

No financial aid

Looking for a loan for your home or education? Your criminal record makes you high risk, deterring lenders from providing the money you need to build your life. Depending on your charges, you may even lose your assets altogether.

No voting rights

You should have the right to determine who becomes leaders in your community and nation, as the acts of these people will have effects on your life. Yet you may lose this essential voting right, being at the mercy of those who may vote for laws not in your favor. With so many consequences, do not underestimate the importance of getting out of drug charges.

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