Any form of drug charge can be a highly detrimental thing to have on your record. Regardless of the scale of the alleged crimes or the substances involved, drug charges can affect several areas of your life, including employment. However, these arrests can often occur on the basis of very little evidence. Recently, a young woman was charged with drug-related offenses after allegedly bringing cocaine into an Illinois jail.
The woman in question had been sent to Madison County Jail and placed in a holding cell where a deputy is said to have noticed her behaving suspiciously. After entering the cell, the deputy discovered a small package of what is believed to be cocaine. Police have chosen to connect the package with the woman.
The 24-year-old is still in custody, charged for cocaine possession and the bringing of contraband into a penal institution. If she is unable to clear her name, the consequences could be severe. However, a large portion of the case is a matter of her word against that of the deputy.
These types of charges may deter employers from hiring you, as well as put a significant strain on your family and home life. However, it is not impossible to avoid drug convictions, and a knowledgeable attorney may be able to help you build a strong defense.
Residents of New Jersey should take note of this case, as it demonstrates how easily you can be faced with drug charges even if drugs are simply found in your vicinity. However, you are never alone, and with the right advice you can give yourself the best possible chance of avoiding those charges and protecting both your reputation and your future.
Source: KSDK, “Sheriff: Woman brought cocaine into Illinois jail,” April 14, 2014