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Drug laws stigmatize people rather than address problems

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2016 | Criminal Defense, Drug Charges |

It is a popular belief that many crimes can be traced to the sale and consumption of illegal drugs. For instance, someone suffering from addiction may resort to stealing or robbing to get money to purchase narcotics. Likewise, drug dealers are often associated with carrying out violent acts. These acts often serve as a notice to others that the dealers are not to be challenged.

However, do the drugs themselves cause these problems? The fact is, those who distribute or use drugs are offered little to no protection by the authorities. In fact, police and federal agents have what could only be described as an adversarial relationship with members of the drug trade. This leaves those who are involved with illegal drugs to fend for themselves and avoid the legal system at all costs.

Demonizing those with substance abuse issues can make it so much more difficult for them to get the help they need to overcome their addictions. Likewise, once a person is charged and convicted of trafficking in drugs, he or she may never be able to rejoin society. A conviction for drug possession or sales can be extremely stigmatizing. As a result, relapse and recidivism are common outcomes for convicted drug offenders.

This is why if you have been arrested on drug charges, you have to formulate as strong a defense as possible. Attorney Steven J. Moore has experience working on behalf of clients whose lives hang in the balance following drug arrests. He understands the system and how it operates to prosecute drug offenders. You can read the drug offenses page of this website to learn how he can put his experience to work for you to protect your rights and minimize the potential penalties you face.