What will happen for a first time offense of drug possession and paraphernalia?

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What will happen for a first time offense of drug possession and paraphernalia?

Will this affect future jobs and college? Can I get this removed from my record?

Asked on June 24, 2012 under Criminal Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If this is your first time to commit a criminal offense, then you will probably qualify for a condition discharge program.  Essentially, you are placed on probation and if you complete all the terms and conditions of your probation, then the case against you is automatically dismissed.  Even though the dismissal is routing and automatic, expungement (the removal process) is not.  Depending on your age and the facts of your case, you may qualify for an expungement.  If you cannot get it expunged, then the arrest could affect future jobs and college.  Many scholarships can be affected by the existence of a criminal history.  Many employers will not hire anyone with a criminal background. The full impact of the conviction will eventually depend on the policies and procedures of the college or the future employer.  If you qualify and successfully complete a conditional discharge, it's worth the extra effort to get the expungment so that you can potentially go on with your life.


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