What may start as a simple traffic violation can result in drug charges if the police have probable cause to make such an arrest. However, prosecutors still have the burden of proving all elements of a case beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can be made.
Criminal charges can have a long-lasting and dramatic effect on a person's social standing and employment options, even if those charges are later dropped or the person is acquitted. Drug charges carry an especially powerful stigma, one that can result in discrimination when seeking employment. Those accused of drug-related offenses should seek to understand the nature of the charges and the evidence leveled against them.