Beyond the typical sanctions that one could receive as a part of your sentence in Okaloosa County, if convicted on drug charges, like court costs, fines, jail or prison time, probation, drug evaluations, drug testing and urinalysis, and community service; there are many other penalties that many attorneys don’t mention or don’t account for when discussing a case with their client. Just because they say it is a “good deal” doesn’t mean it is such a great result in the long term.
- The loss of scholarships, financial aid, and student loans: A drug conviction could result in the loss of financial aid, like the Pell Grant or other Federal Tuition and Loan programs like the Stafford and Perkins Loan Programs.
- Possible School Suspension or Expulsion. A drug conviction could also result in expulsion from a high school, state college, or university.
- Suspension or removal from an athletic team or school organization.
- The loss of an internship or work-study program opportunity.
- Exclusion from certain graduate school programs, including law school or medical school.
Additional driving penalties also include:
- The loss of your driver’s license for up to 24 months, although a hardship permit may be available.
- The loss of your CDL (Commercial Driver’s License).
What should You do?
The key when handling a drug charge is to find an experienced attorney with the ability to aggressively litigate the technical legal issues, but also one that is sensitive to the needs of the individual client and not afraid to negotiate.
The overriding objective is always–to protect that client’s interests in the long-term, not to take the easy deal or plea bargain. Over the years, I have represented hundreds of clients and I know what it takes to be successful.
Call me at (850) 362-6655 for a free consultation.