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Drug charges require a fierce defense to protect your rights

The public opinion of various drugs and drug use has been a volatile relationship for many years, from the relative wild west approach taken around the turn of the century, to the hardline stance brought about by the War on Drugs of the last several decades. Now, for the last 10 years or so, there has been another sea change, one that tends to view drug use in a somewhat softer light, depending on the drug and the use. Despite the changing tides of public opinion, drug laws remain surprisingly harsh and punishing, leading to the greatest levels of incarceration for non-violent crimes of any class of crimes, worldwide.

Because of the way that prescription drugs and "softer" drugs like marijuana have become less demonized in the public eye, it is easy to forget that drug charges routinely lead to heavy fines and years — years — of jail time for those who are convicted. The echoes of decades' past, when it was politically useful to trot out recreational drug users as a class of criminals that needed to be cleared off the streets, have left us with bizarrely strong sentencing, especially in the southern states.

If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is time to come out swinging against the charges. A drug crime conviction of any holds the power to rewrite the direction of an entire life. Not only could you be facing thousands of dollars in fines and years of your life lost to incarceration, but the charges could also keep you from gaining employment or even renting an apartment. Having a drug charge on your record can follow you around for the rest of your life, re-contextualizing all of your opportunities for the worse.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that any drug charges are small potatoes. With the guidance of an experienced attorney, you can evaluate your circumstances and form a strong defense against the charges. An experienced defense attorney will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and to see that one foolish moment does not decide the rest of your life.

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