Residents of Carbondale who are arrested on drug charges need to know what they’re facing and how the details of the arrest will affect their future. Possession of drugs and the penalties accompanying these charges can vary depending on how much the arrested person was found with. If it is an amount that is believed to be for sale and distribution, then the penalties will be far more severe than for someone who might have had the drugs in his or her possession for personal use. Of course, those who are charged with any kind of drug infraction will have a great deal to worry about and they must know how to formulate a strong defense to avoid the harshest penalties on the criminal charges.
A 28-year-old woman was arrested after being found in the fetal position in the bathroom of a fast food restaurant with her two children next to her. The children, ages three-years-old and eight months, were dressed only in pajamas in spite of the cold weather outside. Police arrived shortly after 11 p.m. and discovered the woman. A hypodermic needle was found on the floor and two others were in her purse. She admitted to having used heroin and also had 70 generic Xanax pills. She was arrested for having drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of children and drug possession.
Regardless of the circumstances, anyone who is arrested has a right to a strong criminal defense. As soon as the arrest is made, the suspect has to understand what to do next. When there are drug charges and the suspect is an addict and not a drug dealer, there might be options available for treatment in drug diversion programs rather than incarceration and harsher punishments. Having legal representation with the experience and knowledge of the state laws and the options available can go a long way toward helping a defendant avoid long-term penalties.
The woman in this case admitted to having used heroin and was arrested for that and for endangering her two children. This can be a serious crime with long-term problems for her. For assistance with dealing with these charges and her drug problem, her first step is to discuss the matter with a qualified legal professional.
Source: TheTimes-Tribune.com, “Police: Mom uses heroin in McDonald’s restroom with kids present,” David Singleton, Dec. 9, 2014