A teacher in Savannah has been arrested on drug charges after an officer searched her classroom and allegedly found drug paraphernalia. According to a WBBJ-TV report, the Hardin County High School teacher will appear in court June 25. Officials say they found a syringe as well as drug paraphernalia during their search. The report does not, however, specify if any actual drugs were found. School officials have not commented on her future as a teacher.
This incident points out how difficult it is to protect your reputation following an arrest. There is no mention of illegal drugs being seized by the authorities, but the report does contain unsubstantiated statements from students and concerned parents about her alleged drug use. It is common for individuals to find that their name and reputation are being tarnished before they even have a chance to fight the charges or tell their side of the story in court.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a drug-related charge, it is absolutely vital that you take several actions to protect yourself.
- Decline to speak with the authorities without an attorney present.
- Deny law enforcement officers the right to search your vehicle or home without a warrant.
- Do not admit guilt.
- Do not allow any friends or family members to post about your legal situation online.
- Request to speak with a skilled Tennessee criminal defense attorney before answering any questions.