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Drug charges may cost you more than you think

Summer is here, and with it an influx of visitors to the Mississippi coast here in Ocean Springs. Despite the laid back southern hospitality that abounds in the magnolia state, don't be fooled into thinking that this is a place where anything goes — especially when it comes to drug charges.

Many visitors are surprised to learn that Biloxi law enforcement takes even relatively minor drug violations very seriously, regularly handing out charges to those passing through who get caught carrying prohibited substances, such as marijuana. This is often even true for those traveling between states that have legalized marijuana. If you're holding in Mississippi, you face Mississippi law.

Drug convictions carry much more severe sentencing than most other non-violent crimes, and often lead to jail time, even for relatively minor offenses.

If you recently received drug possession charges, now is the time to begin building a robust defense. Drug charges are a long way from a drug conviction, but you are still on a dangerous path.

Counting the cost of a drug conviction

If you do not mount a strong defense against these charges, even your best-case scenario outcome is not good. You may possibly avoid jail time, but still face significant fines.

Unfortunately, this is only the beginning of the trouble that a drug conviction can bring. For students in college on a scholarship, the drug conviction may terminate the scholarship, making school impossible or very difficult to continue attending.

Likewise, finding housing and employment with a drug conviction on your record is no easy task. Many employers, especially those offering entry level positions, do not even consider job applications if the applicant has a drug conviction. This is also true of many housing management companies. if you have a drug conviction on your record, renting an apartment or house is suddenly much more difficult.

Don't wait to fight back

In cases like these, you should not wait to begin fighting to protect your freedoms and privileges. One of the most effective ways to protect yourself when you face drug charges is to seek out the guidance of an experienced attorney who can examine the specifics of your case and help craft a personalized defense on your behalf.

It is not wise in these situations to simply "wait and see" what may or may not happen. Now is the time to take action to protect your future while you still can.

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