Caught with Narcotics? How to Move On in Life
After being caught with narcotics and facing charges, resuming life can be challenging. Living with a felony and trying to get a job is one of the most difficult obstacles to face. You also may have problems in securing housing. Many places do not accept tenants with a criminal background. So, how do you move on when you have a narcotics charge on your record?
Living with felony charges may be an uphill battle, but there is still hope. There are changes happening for people who have drug charges on their record. A case in point is the passage of voting rights for felons. Not every state has reinstated voting rights for people with felony charges, but Florida has for those who have finished serving their time. The only exceptions are those who have been convicted of murder or a sexual offense. All other felons have an opportunity to have their voting rights restored after they finish their sentence.
In Florida, a pre-trial intervention program may help some offenders. If you have been caught with narcotics, you may be able to enter the program. If you complete it successfully, your criminal charges may be dismissed.
Diversion programs can help in getting the charges against you resolved faster, and they can avoid the cost of going to trial. Successful completion of a diversion program can help you keep that narcotics charge off your record, and keep you from going to jail. Additionally, you may have access to treatment and therapy for drug addiction. There is also the possibility of getting your record for arrest expunged.
Not everyone is eligible for pre-trial intervention programs. If you have been caught with narcotics and are a first-time offender, you may be eligible, provided you meet specific requirements.
Taking advantage of a pre-trial intervention program is the best way to get your life back and move on if you have been caught with narcotics. Otherwise, if you are convicted, you face a variety of both short-term and long-term challenges.
The Tison Law Group has lawyers with experience in working with people who have been charged with drug possession. We are located in Tampa, Florida, and we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation. We are here to help in your time of need.