Drug charges can hurt anyone’s reputation socially and at work. Imagine if you’re charged with fraud at work. You would likely lose your job, even when the charges have not yet become a conviction. If your photograph is in the newspaper, people might remember you for a crime that you weren’t yet convicted of.
The difficulty with arrests and charges is that they are public records. That means that employers can see if you’ve been arrested and friends and family will, too. If your image is in the newspaper, online or among other sources, that means that others could recognize you just by looking at your face. It’s a hassle, but it’s reality for those accused of serious crimes.
With drug crimes, the likelihood is that your arrest will end up in the local news. Depending on the seriousness of the allegations, it could even be national news. If that’s the case, you’ll want to have your attorney on board as soon as possible. Their job is not only to protect you in court but also to help you by protecting your reputation. Sometimes, you may even have a case for defamation, depending on the news reports and what they say that you did and if they wrongfully claim you were convicted of a crime. Without a good reputation, you could lose clients and jobs that you need to balance your career.
Our website has more information about what you can do if you’re accused of a crime and are worried about it impacting your reputation. Your reputation is worth protecting.