A former police officer for Platteville, Wisconsin, has been ordered to serve a prison sentence of a year and a day for federal drug charges. Drug charges are serious and can carry severe penalties including prison time and a criminal record. In this instance, the former police officer had drug charges against her for cocaine use.
Not only will she have to serve her sentence in prison, she will also have to attend treatment for substance-abuse. After she completes the drug education courses, she will be on supervised release for several years.
According to the article, her attorney established that the former police officer had faced some intense hardships over the past few years that led to her drug use. Years ago, she had worked with a male dispatcher who victimized her. She had to endure that work environment for several years.
In addition, she sustained a severe injury that caused her a lot of pain. She was unable to work and lost her source of income for a while as a result. She was also in a serious relationship where her partner physically and verbally abused her.
The final straw came when her brother tried to commit suicide; he wound up living with her and introduced her to cocaine. She began using the drug and became addicted, sometimes even using the drug before going to work. It wasn't until a cocaine dealer informed police about her use that they discovered she was using drugs.
She was arrested and released on bond but continued to use cocaine. She was then arrested again. Her status as a police officer is what caused the case to become a federal case. And though the former police officer had been through a lot, the judge determined that because she continued using drugs even after her first arrest her sentence would not be reduced.
Source: Debuque Telegraph Herald online, "Ex-police officer sentenced on drug charge," Kevin Murphy, 31 December 2010