You're arrested and accused of fraud. When you get to court, the police have email messages that you wrote two years ago.
There are a lot of situations that could result in an otherwise upstanding citizen facing charges related to the distribution of marijuana. Law enforcement has been known to use the presence of a scale as evidences of intent to distribute. That, of course, ignores the fact that people buying unregulated substances often need to check it to ensure they aren't getting taken advantage of by the seller.
Imagine going about your usual morning routine when there is suddenly a loud knock on the door. You open it and, as you stand there only half dressed, you find yourself suddenly surrounded by police questioning you about illegally growing marijuana. This is exactly what happened to a couple in Pennsylvania.
Defendants charged with crimes in New Jersey were required to post bail to insure their return to Court in order to be released. The bail was set by a Judge and was posted in cash or bond (less serious crimes having a 10% option in cash). The bail was posted either personally or by a bondsman who would normally charge 10% of the bond as a fee. This system created inequities since indigent defendants could be held on relatively minor charges for long periods while dangerous criminals with resources would be released.
When you're convicted of a crime, you know that expungement is the only real way to clear your record. If your case has been dismissed, you may not think it's necessary to get an expungement, but that's not the case. Even if your case is dismissed by the courts, that doesn't mean that it won't appear on your record.
It's a misnomer to think that any drunk driving charge is "minor." If you're facing a drunk driving allegation, it means that you've been through the harrowing experience of being arrested and booked in jail, and this is not an easy experience for anyone.
The social stigma associated with marijuana use, sales and cultivation have decreased in the last decade. As more states decriminalize or overtly legalize adult recreational use of marijuana, people become more open to it. You may not have thought that growing a few plants in your garage, garden or basement was a big deal. Then law enforcement showed up. Maybe they arrived because of a nearby crime, or perhaps someone noticed your plants and called to report you. Regardless of why they are there, if law enforcement find marijuana plants on your property, you can expect criminal charges.
Addiction and overdose from opioid drugs have reached epidemic proportions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the 33,000 opioid-related deaths that occurred in 2015, half resulted from prescription painkillers. Now, a group of attorneys general from across the country have banded together to investigate how drug manufacturers market and sell prescription opioids. The group seeks to determine whether drug manufacturers have misled physicians about the dangers of their drugs in order to boost sales.