What are the types of possession?
There are two types of possession cases:
If you are convicted for any of the above possession cases then you will have a criminal record. That does not mean that you will have a permanent record that will follow you for the rest of your life but the possibility of having it expunged after 3 years will depend on what type of plea deal you entered into. That is why it is so important to have a competent Criminal Defense lawyer represent you and to advise you of all your options before you enter a plea or decide to take the case to trial.
The sentence range for possession charges can range from 0-30 days jail up to 0-3 years, it all depends on the narcotic you are charged with.
A Drug Possession Charge does have to end in Conviction
Our court system, although slow, has begun to recognize that sending people to jail is simply not a deterrent for a person with an addiction problem or a first-time offender who has no criminal history. The jail system in the United States has increasingly begun to swell with a population that is largely due to non-violent drug offenders. There are several programs available that can help you avoid jail time or even a conviction if you complete the program successfully. These diversionary programs consist of drug court and pre-trial intervention. Not only are these programs a benefit to the addict but the public at large and the jail system benefits because successful applicants do not clog up the jails, taxpayers do not have to pay for their housing, and the rate of repeat offenders is reduced dramatically. To learn more about these programs and the benefits and costs involved it is important that you contact a Charleston criminal defense lawyer who has experience in these programs and can explain how they may benefit you.