Legal Consequences of Drug Abuse
If you begin to use drugs, distribute drugs or associate with others who are affiliated with drugs, you may find yourself facing serious legal trouble. Drug-related legal trouble can lead to a number of consequences, including the following:
- Criminal record – If you are convicted of a drug crime, you may have a permanent criminal record. This record can follow you every time you apply for a job, make an offer on a home and register to vote.
- Difficulty obtaining a job – Many employers conduct background checks on potential employees to ensure that their new hires are free of legal issues and liabilities. If you have a drug crime conviction on your record, this could be a red flag for potential employers. Drug use can deeply affect job performance and employers may chose to hire someone else who is less likely to experience addiction symptoms.
- Arrest - If you are caught dealing, using or intending to deal drugs, you may be arrested and could face jail time. Being forced to spend time in jail can be detrimental to yourself and your loved ones.
- Fines – While each state’s laws are different, possession of an illegal substance can often result in a large fine. This fine can be legally enforced by your state’s legal system and could amount to thousands of dollars.
- Relationship trouble – Drug use can cause irrational and abnormal behavior. Users can often become abusive towards family and friends. If any physical abuse is reported, it could lead to jail time, fines and marks on your criminal record. Domestic abuse situations often lead to divorce, which can result in additional legal issues as assets and child custody are put into question.
- Financial difficulties – When users spend money to support a drug addiction, they often do not have money left to support themselves or their families. Unpaid bills can lead to legal problems with the lending companies, as well as a damaged credit report. The lenders may also begin to repossess the user’s assets to pay for the debt.
The most effective way to avoid drug-related legal consequences is to avoid becoming involved in drug use or to seek professional treatment and find lasting recovery.
Finding Help for Drug Abuse
If you or someone you love is struggling with drug abuse, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about the legal trouble that drug use can cause. We can help you get your life back on track and avoid legal consequences surrounding your drug use. Please call now.