Watching your children grow into young men and women can be an overwhelming yet wonderful experience. During this time, you try to steer them in the right direction and help them make the best decisions possible. At some point, though, they will make mistakes because they are human.
Unfortunately, some mistakes are bigger than others and can result in your child becoming a part of the criminal justice system. This often results from juvenile drug charges, which can be life altering for your child and lead to serious consequences. Because of this, if you or a loved one is seeking information about drug charges for a minor, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Birmingham juvenile criminal law attorney.
Juvenile and Drug Crimes
In Alabama, there are several types of drug-related criminal charges with which a juvenile can be charged. These criminal charges can consist of:
- Possession of drugs;
- Sale of drugs;
- Manufacturing of drugs;
- DUIs related to drugs.
In Alabama, a judge often has the discretion to charge a juvenile, which is considered to be anyone under the age of 18, as an adult or as a juvenile depending on the case and the severity of the crime committed. If a juvenile is charged as an adult, he or she will receive the same punishment that someone over the age of 18 would receive. However, when a juvenile is charged and convicted of a drug crime as a juvenile, there is a wider range of options and penalties available than if the juvenile is charged as an adult.
Juveniles may face penalties such as:
- Paying fines and court costs;
Receiving probation and/or community service;
Driver’s license suspension.
Unfortunately, these are not the only consequences that juveniles can face from drug crime convictions. Drug crime convictions can result in the juvenile not receiving financial aid for college, not being able to join the military, or face challenges when finding a job. Because of the severity of the consequences a juvenile can face, it is important to seek legal advice and representation if you find yourself or your loved one in this situation.
Need Legal Advice?
Juvenile drug charges can have a huge impact on your child’s life. The lifelong consequences that are attached to these crimes can be devastating and overwhelming for a juvenile. If you or a loved one is facing a juvenile drug charge, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced juvenile criminal law attorney at Massey, Stotser, & Nichols, PC to help you with your case. Contact our office today.