For most students, college is a time to explore and learn more about what they want from life. If your child attends Ole Miss, they may find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Drug possession charges can result in a conviction that alters their life and prevents them from having the future they dream about.
American Addiction Centers states that there are three elements a prosecutor must prove for a conviction of drug possession.
- An illegal substance was in their possession
- They knew it was a controlled substance
- They controlled its presence at their location
Once arrested, the legal process can take months moving from the arraignment to the trial. However, depending on the circumstances, you (or your child) may qualify for an alternate sentence.
Those who qualify for a Pretrial Diversion may perform community service and other activities, including monthly meetings with an officer and taking random drug tests.
Drug court offers rehabilitation, counseling and incentives instead of prison time. It includes consistent court appearances, supervised drug testing and treatment services. Dismissal of charges may occur if you or your child completes the program successfully.
Non-adjudicated Probation works the same way as traditional probation, in that you must still pay fines and court costs. Consistent reports to a supervising officer and routine drug tests can result in dropped charges.
House arrest allows you to avoid incarceration. It requires screening and approval to qualify. An electronic monitor worn at all times confirms the wearer is where they should be and a curfew is in effect. This option allows work or school to continue.
A drug possession conviction can prevent you or your child from holding specific types of jobs and getting a lease or mortgage. It can also disqualify you for student loans.