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Facing Drug Charges? 3 Mistakes That Can Make the Situation Worse

If you are accused of a drug-related offense, you are innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, people often do things after an accusation that can make their situation worse. In this post, we will look at three mistakes to avoid if you are accused of drug use or possession in Pennsylvania.

Mistake #1: Not taking the charges seriously

Even if you are a first-time offender accused of possessing a small amount of marijuana, you should take the charge - and your defense - seriously. Failure to do so can lead to serious penalties. And a criminal charge on your record, which will follow you around indefinitely, may impact your future success.

Mistake #2: Assuming you know the laws

Drug-related laws can be far more complicated than people expect. Not only are they always changing, but they also vary based on the state in which they are filed and whether or not the federal government is involved.

Mistake #3: Disobeying court orders

If you are given a court date to attend, make sure you are there and on time. If the court orders you to undergo drug counseling, seek treatment. If you are supposed to stay in the state until your trial, stay in the state. Failure to comply with court orders can result in additional penalties or the revocation of bail.

A criminal defense lawyer can help you avoid these and other costly mistakes. If you are accused of a drug offense, be quick to contact and consult with an attorney for your best defense.

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