While possession may be the most commonly known drug crime, there are many types of drug crimes that individuals may be charged with. Depending on the type of charge, you could face more severe punishment following a conviction, and it may also be more difficult to prove your innocence if you are charged.
Violent crimes are among the most destructive allegations an individual can face both in terms of reputation and consequences. Being convicted of crimes such as rape and murder tends to bring years of jail time, and even if you are found not guilty of the crime, simply being accused of it can often make you a social pariah. Still, being acquitted is vastly preferable to being convicted, but even innocent people are sometimes misjudged due to circumstantial evidence or lack of solid defense.
Drunk driving is a serious offense and can be extremely hazardous to both the intoxicated driver and other cars on the road. But, in its zeal to catch dangerous drunk drivers, the law has begun to affect more than just drunk drivers. In many cases, it also affects drunk passengers and sober drivers with drunk passengers. This is due largely to what is called an Open Container law, which makes it illegal to have open containers (such as bottles or cans) for alcoholic beverages inside vehicles. Even empty containers that once contained alcohol can get you into trouble.
You may think that the repercussions of criminal charges vary depending on the severity of the charge itself, but this is not necessarily the case. While you will undoubtedly face more jail time and punishment for serious crimes like murder or sexual assault, even misdemeanors, which some people consider minor offenses, can have a serious effect on your life. The smallest of charges such as shoplifting or trespassing can lead to substantial fines or even incarceration, depending on the circumstances of your individual case.