Being accused of a drug charge can make it difficult for you to keep your job and may hurt your social life. When you face drug charges like this woman, it can be hard to defend yourself. She is her only defense witness, so much of her defense will rely on people believing her story.
The May 7 report states that the woman took the stand to try to convince jurors that she didn't know a boarder at her home was selling drugs out of her house. Police and the prosecutor want people to believe that she told the ex-convict that he could sell the drugs, just not in her home.
The 43-year-old woman is facing two felony charges, one for allegedly conspiring with her 22-year-old boyfriend to allow a tenant to sell drugs out of her home, and one for common nuisance, an accusation that her home was used for selling and keeping drugs. According to the story, she had been living at her home with her twin sons, her 22-year-old boyfriend and a new tenant he had recommended.
According to the story, the police detective has now come forward to say that that the tenant had been seen selling drugs outside the woman's residence in February 2013. He suggested that the woman told the man it was okay to sell drugs outside the home, but she claims that she never was aware of the drug sales. A few issues have also come up, like the concern about why the notes of the woman's interrogation were destroyed or why the interview was done on pen and paper instead of with a recording or video.
There may be a lot riding on the outcome of this case for the woman. She is allegedly now in a custody battle with her ex-husband, she was fired from her teaching job and she's divorced. If your case has impacted you similarly, you may want to think about what you can do to prepare yourself and defend your reputation.
Source: The New Hampshire Union Leader, "Jury begins deliberating former Manchester art teacher’s drug charges" Dale Vincent, May. 07, 2014