A Davenport man with two former drug convictions on his record is now facing a new criminal drug charge . Because he has had two convictions in the past, and because he was on probation at the time of his most recent arrest, he is likely to face even higher penalties if convicted. Unfortunately, it is a situation that anyone with a criminal record could find themselves in, even if they have done little or nothing to deserve further prosecution.
A Criminal Record Can Hurt You in Future Arrests
Research shows that more than 2,000 people have been wrongfully arrested and convicted over the last 23 years. But this estimate, which is likely on the conservative side, only includes those who were exonerated of their crimes. There are still others sitting in prison for a crime they never committed. Unless and until their cases are successfully appealed, their information may not ever make it to a national database.
Unfortunately, it is often those with a criminal record that find themselves facing wrongful charges. Some are victims of criminal profiling, which pushes law enforcement to look more closely at known criminals. Others are arrested for relatively minor reasons and then officers work to find any evidence they can to use charge the detainee with an additional crime. Still others are victimized by society upon their release. Neighbors, employers, or even family members may report them for a crime simply because they have a criminal past.
This very same stigma can do more than just get you arrested on charges of a crime you did not commit; it can also get you convicted. Judges examine your criminal record when making a determination in your case. Juries may hear of your sordid past. Even if you have turned things around for yourself, worked to become a contributing member of society, or were even wrongfully convicted before, your past may haunt you and can impact your future.
Aggressive Legal Defense for Your Criminal Charges
Regardless of whether you are facing your first criminal charge or your fifth, it is critical that you treat the matter seriously and seek immediate legal assistance. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Jack L. Zaremba will fight to protect your rights every step of the way. Our team is prepared to provide you with personalized, assertive representation against drug charges, as well as other criminal charges. Contact an experienced Will County criminal defense attorney to discuss your options. Call us at 815-470-4025 to schedule your free initial consultation today.