Aggressive Defense Against Sex Offenses And Drug Charges
The long-term effects of a conviction on drug charges and sex offenses go beyond fines and time behind bars. These types of felony convictions can also put limitations on educational, housing and job opportunities for the rest of your life. If you’ve been charged with a sex offense or drug charges, attorney Dakota VanLeeuwen has the skills and experience to protect your rights and get you the best possible outcome. To set up an initial consultation to discuss your case, fill out our online contact form.
Facing Drug Charges? We Can Help.
Public opinion surrounding drug use has relaxed, but drug laws have not – nor has the stigma associated with any kind of criminal conviction. In order to protect your freedom and keep your criminal record clean, it is important to fight back against drug charges with the help of an experienced attorney.
We can defend you against any drug charge you may be facing, including:
- Marijuana possession
- Dealing with marijuana
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Dealing with a controlled substance
- Possession of cocaine, narcotics or methamphetamine
- Dealing with cocaine, narcotics or methamphetamine
Whether a drug offense is charged as a misdemeanor or felony depends on several factors, including how much of the drug you allegedly possessed and whether you have any previous drug convictions on your record.
Marijuana is a good example. Possession is usually a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and up to $5,000 in fines. If you are caught with a large amount of marijuana and have a prior drug conviction, however, marijuana possession is a felony punishable by fines up to $10,000 and up to 2.5 years behind bars.
Don’t Let Sex Offense Allegations Ruin Your Life
Sex offenses are associated with some of the harshest penalties in the criminal justice system. Additionally, they are also highly stigmatized – so much so that mere accusations can do long-term damage to your reputation.
While you can’t necessarily win in the court of public opinion, you need to take strong steps to protect yourself legally. If you don’t, a conviction could result in:
- Having to register as a sex offender
- Restrictions on where you can live
- Difficulty landing a job where a background check is required
- Suspension of professional licenses in law, teaching and the medical field
- Losing custody of your children
- For noncitizen immigrants, the possibility of deportation or denial of green cards, visas and citizenship applications
The reassuring news is that hiring an experienced tenacious attorney can make a huge difference in your case and the consequences associated with the allegations. Our firm is ready to vigorously defend your innocence and your good name while navigating a potentially tricky set of circumstances and relationships (in many cases, those accused of sex crimes are accused by someone they already know).