Hi, I have been living and working in HK since the last five years. My GEP got renewed until 2022 recently. This week, the HK police detained me with illegal substances in my bag. I said the substances are mine for personal consumption.
They are planning to charge me with possession of dangerous drugs and for a more minor substance that is not a dangerous drug but is by prescription only, which I did not have.
I want to know what effect a criminal conviction for drug possession would have on my current work permit.
I plan to apply for permanent residence after 2022, would I get it? I'm hoping that I secure a bind over as I'm highly educated, law abiding, pay my taxes and have no criminal record. This is my first offence.
Also, does anyone have any idea if cases such as mine can get a bind over? The amount of illegal substances was 0.4 g.
I really don't want to be convicted as that would severely curb passage to other countries and I need to travel for work. If there are any suggestions on how I should navigate this precarious situation, they are welcome.
Thank you for your help.