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There are a wide variety of steroids as well as many different uses. They can be used to treat everything from infections to arthritis. Anabolic steroids bear special mention, however, as their use can be extremely dangerous. Because of the dangers associated with them, they are also quite illegal. Not only can a charge for their possession lead to significant legal penalties, but it can also damage personal and professional reputations. For these reasons, anyone caught illegally possessing steroids will need the assistance of the Austin steroids possession lawyers of Tillman Braniff.
Legal Protection of Health
Many of the laws that exist are in place to protect people from serious health issues. This is the case when it comes to anabolic steroids. Aside from legal problems, steroid abusers face serious health risks that include damage to the heart and liver and mental instability. The most outwardly noticeable impact of anabolic steroid use is an altered attitude that includes short temper, a reduction in higher thinking skills, and an increase in primal‐focused thoughts and behaviors.
Misdemeanor or Felony
Anabolic steroids are illegal in every state. A first offense could lead to a fine of at least $1,000 and the possibility of a year in prison. Repeat offenders will likely face more severe consequences. In Texas, possession of less than twenty‐eight grams is considered a misdemeanor, but higher quantities result in felonies. A misdemeanor does not look as bad on a record as a felony does, but possession of drugs of any kind will reflect poorly on an individual. Keep in mind that anyone looking at your record may not be able to see that the charges involved steroids. Rather, it may be presented as possession of a controlled substance or something similar. The viewer may have no idea that it was steroids and not a recreational drug.
Professional, Personal, and Educational Impact
Drug charges alter every part of your life, even when those drugs are steroids. If you are an athlete, this is a serious breach of ethics, and one that won't be taken lightly by anyone reviewing your record for an athletic position. This can impact your professional and personal life, but it could also mean an end to your education. Grants and scholarships can be revoked for drug charges. Some schools will also reject or expel you if you are charged with any form of drug possession. For athletes who rely on their skills and abilities to see them through college and onto career opportunities, this can mean an end to some of their future goals.
Risks of Managing Without a Lawyer
Whenever you deal with criminal charges on your own, you risk overlooking specific elements of the charges or evidence. An experienced Austin steroids possession lawyer can help you with the details so that you have a better chance of success in the courtroom.
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