Potential outcomes of criminal justice cases vary greatly, depending on the circumstances and what happens during the court process. For some defendants, there is an order for probation issued, which means that the person won't have to spend time in prison. Instead, they are allowed to remain in the community, but are supervised by a probation officer.
Few things can ruin a promising young life like a drug possession conviction. Although the public perception of recreational drugs continues to shift as injustices in drug-related law enforcement come to light, the current laws we use at a federal level are harsh, and can change a person's entire future trajectory.