Facing drug charges in South Dakota can be stressful for anyone. Many tourists with a valid out-of-state medical marijuana prescription are stunned to learn that South Dakota law does not recognize that prescription as valid. In any situation -- whether the allegations involve possession or a more serious distribution charge -- the potential consequences are staggering. You likely have many questions about how a drug charge (and potential conviction) can impact your life. An experienced defense lawyer can give you the guidance you need.
Step One: Understanding The Charges And Potential Penalties
To start things off, it is crucial for you to understand what you are facing. South Dakota controlled substance laws are harsh. While possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is treated as a misdemeanor, the consequences can still bring jail time, fines, the loss of driving privileges and other direct penalties imposed by the state. But, there are external problems that can also arise. Criminal background checks into the future can adversely impact housing and job opportunities. For college students, financial aid may be at risk.