An arrest on drug charges can produce serious consequences. It may lead down the road toward a plea bargain, probation, conviction, restitution, and jail or prison sentences. And it also would likely affect your family, livelihood and career.

But charges stemming from an arrest also may be dismissed, depending on circumstances.

Questions that surface

A number of questions would surface and include:

  • Did the arresting officer follow the law?
  • Was it a reasonable search and seizure?
  • Were the drugs planted?
  • Did the drugs belong to someone else?
  • How large of an amount of drugs were confiscated?
  • Was this a first-time criminal charge?

Different outcomes

Every arrest scenario is different for the people involved, from college students and working fathers and mothers to business executives and senior citizens. The outcomes, too, can produce something different.

For example, a first-time offender who also may be an addict could get the charges reduced should he or she enter a drug rehabilitation program.

Always rely on an attorney

But one thing is certain: Always rely on an attorney. Attorneys know the law, how to deal with prosecuting attorneys, judges and juries. Don’t try to defend yourself in court. No matter how well you may think you know the law, or how smart you think you are.

The outcome could prove beneficial.