It’s often said that ignorance is no excuse when it comes to legal charges. Just because someone made a mistake and didn’t understand that what they were doing was illegal doesn’t mean that they can shake those charges by explaining this to the court. They are still expected to follow the law and to understand the laws that govern their daily actions.
Unfortunately, this is also why people will sometimes state that everyone has committed a crime. There is no one who can claim they have perfectly followed all of the rules and should never have been arrested because everyone makes innocent mistakes from time to time. The difference between a person with a criminal record and a person without may simply be whether or not they were caught by the authorities. It may have nothing to do with the way they lived or how strictly they followed the law.
Sharing prescription medications
One example of how this could happen is if you share your prescription medication. You may have good intentions. You may not be making any money. You may know the person to whom you’re giving the medication, and you may know that it can help with the ailment that they have.
None of that changes the fact that prescription medications are strictly controlled and that it is illegal for you to give them to someone who doesn’t have the prescription. It is also illegal for them to possess or use these medications. An innocent mistake could lead to drug charges.
What are your options?
This shows you just how common these mistakes are. Be sure you know what legal options you have if you find yourself in this situation.