Can drug charges affect my custody privileges?

Receiving drug possession charges can wreak havoc on your life in many ways, so it is always wise to use every tool you have to fight the charges. Here in Milwaukee, law enforcement takes drug possession very seriously, so even a relatively small charge can still carry heavy, life altering consequences.

No matter what circumstances surrounded your arrest, you should always obtain professional legal counsel before you speak to the police — every time, with no exceptions. An experienced attorney maintains a toolbox full of ways to create leverage for a suspect in even the most dire circumstances.

Plainly speaking, the risks to your life and livelihood are too great. This is especially true for parents.

The risks for parents who face drug charges

It's no secret that drug charges account for an enormous portion of our prison population. This is because, by and large, drug charges lead to jail time more often than any other non-violent crime.

As a parent, you simply cannot risk the possibility of jail time. However, should you receive a conviction with the full strength of the law, you may see your child removed from your custody.

Data collected through Chippewa County's Department of Human Services indicates that more and more children are taken from their parents each year, as use of certain drugs spread and law enforcement responds with greater severity. In the last three years alone, the number of children taken from their homes because of parental drug convictions rose from only 10 in 2014 to nearly 100 in 2016.

Even if you believe that the evidence against you is compelling, you must fight for your future and the futures of your children.

Build a team that understands the battle

An experienced attorney can help you examine the circumstances surrounding your arrest or pre-investigation and identify ways to use the law to build a strong defense for your case.

There are many ways to poke holes in the case against you, and the more time you have, the better. It is possible that the officers who gave you the charges violated your constitutional rights, or that the evidence against is far less airtight than you think it is.

Each case is different, so it is important to set up your own consultation as soon as possible.

Now is not the time to wait and see. With every day that you wait to begin building your defense, the state builds it case against you that much more.

With proper legal counsel, your rights and privileges remain secure while you fight to keep your future and the future of the children you love protected.

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