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Florida law enforcement hopeful arrested on drug charges

It probably goes without saying that being charged with even a minor crime can have a significant impact on a person's career and personal reputation. Especially for students or recent graduates at the dawn of their professional career, it's imperative that they avoid getting involved in criminal behavior.

An 18-year-old woman who was recently arrested along with four other people in South Daytona, Florida, may find that the drug charges filed against her could foil her chances of a career in law enforcement. According to local police, the recent Daytona State College police academy graduate and her boyfriend, a 20-year-old man accused of being a "documented" member of the Bloods gang, were discovered drinking and doing drugs in a home. Police said an anonymous tip led them to the residence around 6 a.m. one morning.

The woman was charged with a misdemeanor narcotics offense -- a major blow considering she was already in the process of being hired by a local agency. Her boyfriend, who reportedly has a lengthy criminal history, was hit with a felony marijuana possession charge as well as a charge of misdemeanor possession and use of narcotics paraphernalia.

It's possible that the woman's prospective employer will see news coverage of the arrests and wonder why she was associating with an alleged gang member. By the same token, three others who were arrested at the home that morning may suffer negative consequences based on association. One of the other arrestees, a 19-year-old woman charged with possession and use of narcotic paraphernalia, had only moved into the home the day before.

Both women might do well to distance themselves from the other defendants when they present their cases in court. A criminal defense attorney should be able to guide them through that process in hopes of sparing them from the most negative and long-term consequences of being arrested for drug crimes.

Source: The Daytona Beach News Journal, "Daytona State police academy grad, 4 others, arrested on drug charges in South Daytona," Katie Kustura, Aug. 2, 2013

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