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Look No Further Than the NFL: How Drug Possession Charges Can Change Your Career

Saturday / October 10, 2015

The 2015 pro football season kicked off with 26 notable NFL players missing from the field. All twenty-six players were recently suspended for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Running back Le’Veon Bell will sit out from Pittsburgh’s first two games. San Diego’s Antonio Gates, one of the most prolific players in league history, is out for at least four games due to a drug possession misdemeanor. Martavis Bryant (also from the Pittsburgh Steelers) is banned for four weeks. Three of these 26 players have suspensions that could last the entire season. One of which is Arizona Cardinals linebacker, Daryl Washington.


Unfortunately, the NFL is the perfect example of how an Arizona DUI or drug possession misdemeanor charge can have a serious impact on your professional career. In fact, some say professional football players “get off” easy and that the system is much harsher on average individuals. Drug charges, yes, even drug misdemeanor charges, can mean professional license suspension, immediate job termination and leave a mark on your record that will follow you the rest of your career. And these are only some of the consequences. A drug possession conviction can mean jail time, heavy fines and years of probation.


Hiring an Arizona criminal defense attorney to help you with your drug possession misdemeanor charge will give you an advantage when you step in front of a judge or jury. I became a criminal defense attorney because I was tired of seeing the accused not properly represented. I also believe that good representation should be affordable. The average person or professional doesn’t have the same salary as the NFL players I mentioned above but that doesn’t mean they have fewer rights and privileges in the eyes of the law.


If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug possession misdemeanor in Arizona, it is critical to have a drug possession defense attorney on your side, ready to support and defend your case. If you are facing serious legal charges, call me for a free consultation.


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