Despite the best intentions of government and law enforcement, the criminal justice system often falls far short of the goal of rehabilitating those convicted of crimes. While recidivism rates in South Carolina reflect a downward trend over the past 10 years, some people continue to shuffle back and forth among prison, probation and jail. A 24-year-old man from South Carolina provides a sobering illustration of this pattern. Already with a long history of criminal charges dating back to at least 2012, the young man recently pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking cocaine and resisting law enforcement. A judge sentenced him to serve two concurrent 10-year sentences, one for each count.
It can always be stressful for someone when they are charged with a drug offense. From losing one's job to spending time behind bars, there are many different ways in which drug charges can shatter someone's life. However, there are some people who are in a position which makes it especially difficult for them to be charged with some type of drug-related offense, such as a parent. Drug charges can shatter a parent's life in many different ways, whether they create friction within the family, impact a parent's ability to win a custody case or even affect their ability to raise a child.