That whole comment is known as minimizing, and the contradiction in the "use" sentence would be viewed as deceptive.
Originally Posted by Jmcgowa3
Law Enforcement looks for people with good judgement, who obey the law, and associate with quality friends. If you quit drugs without/before getting arrested, you would have a better chance. You were an adult. If you were arrested for a felony, reduced to a misdemeanor for a plea bargain, your chances become slimmer and dimmer.
The ordinary drug user or addict will commit several felonies a day just to get high and re-supply. They buy some dope and pass along part to a friend - that is "felony delivery of a controlled substance". Giving a friend a ride to get more or sell some dope makes the driver a part (accomplice) of "facilitating felony drug crime" for providing the wheels and just waiting in the car. Allowing other people ot use drugs in your home is "maintaining a drug house"). If you possessed drugs on "school property" that is another felony crime. A felony that was never discovered is still a felony.
Law enforcement looks at what the person was arrested for. The court outcome is court business beyond our scope. Contact the police agency you are interested with and ask for the "adminstrative standards" for acceptance for employment. Certain background history issues are listed in the "adminstrative standards" as absolute disqualifiers. In today's tight job market, you have a huge disadvantage with a drug arrest, compared to other applicants who do not.
I would suggest you apply for an internship at a police department as part of your criminal justice degree program. If you pass the background to be allowed in as an intern, that is a good sign. If you are rejected, you have an answer.
The best of intentions do not get as much traction as deeds and factual events. Accumulate some 'clean' years, and look at this again. I hope you have rejected your "friends" that were drug friends.
I wish you the best for the future. Some doors may be closed for any number of reasons. Slightly bad vision is one reason why I never became an Astronaut. Remain flexible, be honest with others and yourself, and move on. At age 20 you have a whole world to explore, and you do have something to contribute, just that you may not yet know what that contribution will be. Take care.
Last edited by sgtbear111; 02-17-10 at 11:19 PM.
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