Second chances can be hard to come by. Particularly when the first chance resulted in criminal activity involving drug abuse. However, a record with a drug conviction on it spells disaster for your possibility of ever being given a first chance by anyone looking at your background moving forward. In a case where you acknowledge that the charges brought against you are justified, there may be an option to rid you of prosecution and the far-reaching stigma of a criminal history.
In most cases, a prosecutor can actually consult with a victim, if there is one, and if not, simply use certain guidelines to ensure a charged person qualifies for removal from the typical pretrial processes of obtaining a conviction and sentencing.
If a person qualifies, this allows him or her to prove change is possible, and the lesson has been learned. It may feel like hoops have to be jumped through but it is a real chance to meet requirements and potentially avoid prosecution for the charges completely. Sometimes probation and counseling must be successfully completed along with other requirements in order to finish the program.
If you are facing drug charges and you believe you can demonstrate that the mistakes made are in the past or were a one-time circumstance, you may have options. By consulting a Baton Rouge criminal defense attorney, you may gain a firmer idea of what road to take in order to retain the best chance of a future not hindered by a past mistake.