Being charged with a crime is frightening. Will it go on your record, and affect employment and background searches? Will one mistake cost you for the rest of your life, even if it seemed harmless or minor in the spur of the moment?
Mandatory minimum sentencing is a misguided strategy intended to reduce drug-related crimes. As a federal sentencing scheme, it emerged in the late 1980s in response to a bipartisan crackdown on drugs.