For many people, celebrating at holiday parties means imbibing in alcohol and drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine. For others, using controlled substances is a way to cope with holiday season-included stress and anxiety.
No matter what the reason, it's important to remember: Police know drug use increases during the holidays and many local police forces have increased their patrols.
The Penalties Of A Drug Conviction Are Life-Changing
Possession of drugs - even for personal use - is illegal in Maryland. Possessing any amount of cocaine is a felony, and possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor.
That means what began as a seemingly harmless decision to use drugs at a holiday party could in fact have a lasting impact on your life.
If you are convicted of drug possession, you can expect the following:
- Large fines
- Possible jail time
- Loss of your security clearance if you work for the government
- Loss of your eligibility for federal education financial aid
- Denied entry to college or graduate school
- Ineligibility for certain jobs
- Denied applications for housing
- If you were pulled over for driving under the influence of drugs, you will lose your driver's license
What Should You Do?
Do not let your life be changed because of one decision at a holiday party. If you were charged with drug possession, or drug distribution, take the following steps:
- Do not talk to police without a lawyer is present. Remember, absolutely everything you say will be used against you. Do not try to "talk your way out"
- Do not sign any type of written statement, even if police tell you it's in your best interests.
- Contact a defense attorney. An experienced lawyer will know how to poke holes in your charges and protect you against these harsh consequences.
Stay safe this holiday season, and if you find yourself facing drug charges, make sure you get legal help right immediately.