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Other consequences of drug possession charges

There are various problems associated with drug charges, including the possession of unlawful substances. We have discussed some of the hardships that people in this position may go through on our blog, such as problems in college. We believe it is important to examine some of the other consequences that can upend someone's future when drug charges arise. In Phoenix, and cities across the whole state of Arizona, those who are facing a drug-related charge may have no idea of how to handle their circumstances or the different ways in which these allegations could destroy their future.

If you are charged with drug possession, you could find yourself behind bars, depending on the nature of the alleged offense. Moreover, you could also face financial penalties that are devastating. It is also crucial to look into some of the other ways that these accusations could affect you. Depending on your line of work, you could be fired when your employer discovers the allegations. Or, you might be unable to successfully apply for a particular job in the future. Drug-related charges can close many doors with respect to one's career, which can make it even more difficult to recover and may result in a toxic cycle.

Handling drug possession charges as a parent

On this blog, we have discussed some of the challenges that parents may encounter when their teen is accused of driving under the influence. However, this is certainly not the only legal problem that parents may encounter with respect to their kids. Unfortunately, many teens have also been accused of possessing drugs, which can also have a detrimental impact on their future in different ways. Moreover, some parents find themselves in this position and may worry about how the charges will affect their relationship with their children. When it comes to drug possession charges, carefully handling the case is crucial.

Young people are exposed to drugs in various ways, from friends and classmates at school to some of the media they might consume. As a result, it is no surprise that some are charged with drug possession, which could carry a wide range of consequences, from a family unraveling to fines, time behind bars, and academic problems. Moreover, some people are accused of drug possession because an unlawful substance was planted on them without their knowledge, which can be particularly upsetting. On the other hand, parents who are involved in a custody dispute may worry about how the charges will affect their custody case.

Aggravated assault and its consequences in Arizona

People who commit assault of any kind will face some type of consequences in the state of Arizona.  Aggravated assault is taken even more seriously, and those convicted of this felony face major penalties.  

There are many different circumstances that constitute aggravated assault, and they are often classified in groups based off who the victim is, what type of weapon is used, the type of injuries sustained and the mental state of the one committing the crime. 

How can parents help prevent underage DUI?

When a young person is charged with driving under the influence, the ordeal can be incredibly stressful for their whole family. Teenagers may worry that their dreams and opportunities will be negatively affected, while parents may be upset with their child's behavior or worry about how others will judge the situation. There are some steps that parents can take, however, to reduce the likelihood that their teenager will get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that parental involvement is an important tool to curb underage drunk driving. Parents should recognize the dangers of this behavior and help their children understand the consequences of drunk driving as well. For example, zero tolerance laws can result in drunk driving charges if a person who has not reached the age of 21 is pulled over with any amount of alcohol in their system. Moreover, peer pressure can play a major role in a young person's decision to drive even though they have consumed alcohol before getting in their vehicle.

What effects can heroin have on you?

As you likely know, federal and state governments make illegal the possession and distribution of certain substances. These laws typically work toward keeping individuals safe from the dangerous effects that certain drugs can cause. When controlled substances are distributed through unlicensed individuals, the drugs could hold a greater potential for danger because they may have hazardous additives.

Heroin in particular can pose serious issues to users. Because taking this drug can lead individuals to feel euphoric, many people enjoy the use even though they could face negative effects. If you use heroin, you face the risk of experiencing immediate and long-term negative impacts on your mind and body. Additionally, if authorities believe you possess or intend to distribute the drug, you could face criminal charges.

What are the penalties for embezzlement?

Residents in Arizona should have a good understanding of what constitutes embezzlement in the state because it extends to more than just stealing money from a corporation. There are different tiers of the crime, depending on the amount of money or type of property taken, and each one comes with its own consequences. 

According to FindLaw, in Arizona embezzlement occurs when someone steals goods or money from a property to which they have legal access but not official ownership. Charges for this type of theft range from a class 1 misdemeanor to a class 2 felony. The lowest penalty refers to the embezzlement of an amount of less than $1,000 and includes three years of probation, a maximum jail time of six months and a maximum fine of $2,500. A class 2 felony is charged when more than $25,000 is embezzled, and it comes with jail time ranging from 4 to 12.5 years and a maximum fine of $1,000. For some of the other classes of felonies, embezzlement charges can occur for the stealing of a vehicle transmission or engine, an animal for animal-fighting purposes or a firearm.

You could be driving illegally and not even know it

Most drivers in Arizona are aware that driving under the influence of a certain amount of alcohol is illegal. However, the effects of alcohol are different for each individual, and some can handle a lot more drinks and not feel or act intoxicated. This becomes a problem when one gets behind the wheel, because it only takes a couple drinks until most drivers are considered to be over the legal limit but they may feel they are ok to drive.

According to Business Insider, one drink is considered to be:

  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 1.5 ounces of liquor
  • 5 ounces of wine

How do drugs affect driving?

Most drivers in Arizona understand that driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal but are unsure of how drugs come into play. Some may think that prescription and/or legal drugs have no affect on driving, but this is not true. Medications impair driving in different ways, and people found with drugs in their system can be charged with drugged driving, which comes with similar penalties as a DUI.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there has been a large increase in the use of prescription drugs, marijuana and other illegal drugs by drivers. This has affected safety on the roads, and these users are more likely to be involved in vehicle crashes.

When your teen is charged with DUI

Parents often have many different stressors that arise during their child's teenage years, from problems in the classroom to relationship issues and other challenges. However, drunk driving charges can be particularly difficult for an entire family to work through and teens may find themselves in this position for different reasons. With peer pressure and even a lack of awareness about how strict the law is when it comes to underage alcohol consumption and driving, many teens have found themselves accused of drunk driving in Phoenix and other parts of Arizona.

For teenagers, an active social life is often important and many like to attend celebrations and gatherings with their friends outside of school. However, some of these events may present opportunities for some teens to drink and some might worry that turning down alcohol will have negative social repercussions. Later on, they might forget they drank or feel as if they have no choice but to drive, which can be problematic. Moreover, some teens are not aware of zero tolerance laws which make it illegal for someone who is underage to drive with any level of alcohol in their system. Some teens might have thought that they were under the legal limit and it would not be against the law for them to drive.

You have the right to remain silent, but speak up to invoke it

Anyone in Arizona who has ever watched a crime television show or movie has heard the phrase, "You have the right to remain silent" when someone is arrested. You may already know that this is part of the Miranda warning given to people after police officers place them under arrest and before an interrogation begins.

If you are like most people, you probably think that simply staying quiet means that you want to exercise your right to remain silent. Unfortunately, that may not be the case. In fact, in accordance with a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, not saying anything could waive your right to remain silent.

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