* 0.7 g methamphetamine
* 4.5 g drug paraphernalia
* current RN license
* Operation Iraqi War veteran
* letters of recommendation from outpatient rehab MD & therapists
* currently attending VA outpatient sessions & NA meetings
What you're likely to get will depend on a lot of case specific and individual specific details which you should speak with confidentially with an attorney, one on one. Criminal history is often the biggest factor after the details of a present charge which influences what can be done with a case, a 1st offense is much easier to get a diversion on. In drug/alcohol related cases, the actions a person takes to get treatment and obtain sobriety is also very important when it comes to plea negotiations and sentencing. Many counties have veteran's court programs which can result in dismissals or reductions in charges, similar to diversion programs.
Be aware that drug charges can very likely lead to the revocation of an RN license or at the very least preclude you from being hired in a medical setting. These are serious charges, so seek counsel familiar with the jurisdiction your charges are in.
It is not possible for an attorney to predict what a person can expect based only on the information you provide. I would need to know what happened, what is your record, and what is your current situation. You should not post any of that information in this public forum. Please feel free to give me a call to discuss your case in greater detail.
The courts and the licensing boards take medical professionals with drug cases very seriously. The fact that you are a veteran is helpful, but does not simply make your case go away. Obtain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney with a good track record for working well with the judges and prosecutors in your jurisdiction and discuss all of these issues with him/her. Get specific about your service and well as your issues with drugs (with your attorney). You may want to consider getting inpatient drug treatment right away. Talk to your lawyer.
This communication is for the purposes of general advice only. This communication does not form any contractual obligation on behalf of Attorney Stephen W. Sawyer or the Law Offices of Stephen W. Sawyer.
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