As a college student, you’ll have an opportunity to experience all the good and bad that the world has to offer.
If you head down the wrong path and find yourself in trouble with the law, it’s critical that you take the steps necessary to protect your legal rights.
For example, if you’re charged with drug possession, it’s crucial that you understand the impact that a conviction could have on your future. For example, you could lose your financial aid, thus making it difficult to afford your tuition. Also, you’ll find it difficult to secure a job post-graduation with a criminal record.
Even if you’ve never experimented with drugs in the past, college has a way of changing you. Maybe you simply wanted to experiment with drugs. Perhaps your roommate pressured you into joining them in this illegal activity.
Regardless of the reason for your drug use and subsequent criminal charges, it’s a must to settle on a defense strategy that can help prevent a conviction. Here are some options to consider:
- The drugs didn’t belong to you: Take, for example, a situation in which campus police check your dorm room, find drugs and call the local police to make an arrest. While the drugs may have been in your room, it doesn’t necessarily mean they belong to you. They could belong to a roommate or someone who visited.
- Unlawful search and seizure: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects you against unlawful search and seizure, such as if police break into your apartment or vehicle to search for drugs.
- Planted drugs: Maybe someone you know has a problem with you. And for that reason, they’re looking to get you into trouble. One of the easiest ways of doing so is to plant drugs, call the police and watch everything unfold.
You do your best to avoid trouble with the law as a college student, but you know that police are on the lookout for any mistake, big or small, you make.
If you’re staring drug possession charges in the face, take steps to protect your legal rights and your future.