Drug charges have significant impacts on the defendant, not only if there is a conviction but also when the charges are still pending. Many people don't think about how having to go to court is going to affect their life. One of the primary ways that this will affect you is that it will eat away at your bank account.
When you have a criminal case, you will have significant expenses related to that. You have to pay a lawyer to work on your defense, but the effect on your money isn't limited only to that. There is a good chance that you are going to have to take off work to address the matter. This includes the time that you have to meet with our attorney as well as court proceedings. These can add up to considerable time.
There is also the matter of your employer finding out that you are facing a criminal charge. Some employers won't allow employees to continue working if they have pending criminal matters before the court. If you are convicted, you might not be able to return to work.
A conviction comes with more expenses. You will likely have to pay for court fees and fines. If you have to serve time in jail or prison, you will miss work and will likely be terminated unless you have a boss who is willing to work with you. Even probation comes with a supervision fee.
While it won't do much to curb the initial expenses of a criminal charge, fighting the case could help you minimize the financial impact of a conviction.