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Things teens should know about criminal drug charges

As parents of teens are likely well aware, on occasion individuals who fall into this demographic can make unwise choices. Sometimes these decisions are the result of the teenagers not fully comprehending the ramifications of their actions. While most teens in the state of Virginia are likely aware the use of drugs is illegal, they may not be aware of the serious consequences that accompany crimes if this nature. Depending on the drug charge someone faces, the associated penalty for a conviction will vary. Penalties include fines and in more serious situations, jail time. 

There are multiple situations concerning drugs that teens might find themselves in. These include:

  • Possession of drugs.
  • Distribution of drugs.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs.
  • Drug trafficking.

It is important for teens to know that the use of prescription drugs that have been prescribed to someone else and the use of inhalants are illegal as well.

When a juvenile is accused of engaging in criminal activity regarding drugs while on school grounds, he or she could face more than just criminal charges. The school may pursue disciplinary action as well.

In both of these situations a criminal defense lawyer may be of assistance. In addition to helping to build a strong defense to the criminal charges, he or she may be able to secure a reduction or even dismissal of charges. In other situations a plea agreement wherein a juvenile agrees to attend a treatment program, may be secured. This individual may also be able to represent the student in school administrative proceedings.

Source: Office of the Attorney General, “Drugs,” Accessed Oct. 24, 2014

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