Experiencing the loss of someone close can be a traumatic process that could ultimately remain with a person throughout the remainder of life. While this aspect may be difficult enough as is, those who face federal charges in relation to this person’s death may also experience various challenges in life should a conviction be obtained. A federal appellate court has reportedly overturned a federal conviction that left a woman in another state facing a 21-year prison term after her friend died of a drug overdose.
According to reports, the incident began when the woman and her friend allegedly purchased heroin from a drug distributor. Reports say that after both women injected the heroin into their bodies, the other person began to exhibit signs of distress and passed away due to an overdose. During initial legal proceedings, the woman was convicted on charges of causing her friend to overdose and sentenced to a prison term of more than two decades.
Recent reports indicate that she chose to appeal the decision in a federal appellate court, arguing that she did not give the substance to her friend and that both made the choice to carry out the act together. The court reportedly overturned the conviction, ruling that the original conviction should not apply to someone who was simply culpable of taking part in the act and not of providing the illegal substance. Reports indicate that she has already spent three years in prison and that it remains unclear as to what direction her case will take from here.
Not only can it be difficult to understand one’s options when facing a federal conviction but knowing every vital topic to address could also prove a complex task. Fortunately, one does not have to go through the appeals process alone, as there are attorneys who can examine the situation a client is facing and provide guidance on the best course of action with which to proceed. By seeking such advice, a person could become better prepared to make informed decisions about his or her available options and develop a strategy to protect his or her future through the appropriate channels.