A 30-year-old man from Michigan was recently arrested for possessing drugs and allegedly trying to traffic them after he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. During the stop, police noticed the man's pockets were very full. Upon inspection, the man showed the police officers the three bags of oxycodone pills he had in his pockets. The man was arrested and is awaiting trial.
There are few other details available about this case, but this does bring up the ever-present topic of non-violent drug charges, and how the consequences and penalties associated with them do not fit with the relatively minor nature of the crime.
Someone who is accused of a non-violent drug crime will face jail time, immense fines, probationary status, and a prolonged battle in court. All of these factors are very punishing, and they can ruin a person's life for many years. However, possibly the most damaging aspect of a non-violent drug charge is the fact that the accused person will have a criminal record.
Having that criminal history can make it nearly impossible for the individual to get a job or find a suitable place to live. You won't be able to vote, and that record will likely haunt you for the rest of your life.
So there are two things to understand about this. The first is that you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side, even for minor drug charges, to ensure your defense is constructed in the best possible way. The other thing to remember is that you can pursue an expungement of your criminal record.
Source: WOWKTV, "Michigan man arrested on drug charges following traffic stop," July 7, 2015