If you got arrested for possessing drugs of any type, you may worry about what lies ahead when it comes to the criminal case. You may have concerns about your future finances, reputation and employment, depending on the severity of the drug charges.
Drug penalties carry strict penalties. And according to the Controlled Substances Act, many controlled substances fall into federal control. Here is what you should do after an arrest for drug possession.
It is easy to get worked up, anxious and emotional about the potential of a drug possession conviction. However, if at all possible, try and remain calm and try to refrain from taking actions that could harm your case when it goes to court. Use this time to explore your legal options and determine how you will handle your case moving forward.
Avoid answering questions
If the police ask you any questions about your alleged drug possession, do not answer them. Avoid answering any questions with extensive detail and stick to simple, direct answers.
Prepare for court
After an arrest for drug possession, you will likely have to attend court for a hearing. Make sure you know when this date is and do not miss it. If, for some reason, you cannot attend your hearing date, let the proper authority know as soon as possible.
A potential conviction for drug possession can threaten your financial stability, your reputation and your ability to maintain gainful employment. After the arrest, take legal steps to protect your interests and to minimize the penalties of a potential conviction.