For parents, having a juvenile arrested or charged with a drug crime can be devastating. Whether you are the parent of a child who is accused of a drug offense, or the juvenile, it is vital you seek out skilled legal counsel. At Adams & Luka, our Orlando juvenile crimes attorneys understand the fear you feel, and the uncertainty of not knowing what the future holds, or the punishment you may face. Teenagers are prone to make mistakes they may later regret, not only because of peer pressure, but because of the fact that their brains have not matured, and therefore the best decisions are not always made. Whether accused of marijuana possession or something more serious, it is important that you contact our office immediately so that work can begin to protect your legal rights, reputation, and future.Juvenile Drug Charges Attorney in Florida
The consequences for a juvenile found guilty of a drug crime are severe, and may even include prison time depending on the offense. When a juvenile pleads guilty to a drug charge, he or she may no longer be eligible for student loans or grants. Driver's license suspension is also likely. Depending on whether your child is tried in adult court rather than juvenile court, it could result in a permanent criminal record.
At Adams & Luka, we believe in a rehabilitative approach rather than punishment. In most cases, the courts also focus on rehabilitating juveniles, instead of imposing harsh criminal penalties. Regardless of how minor or serious the situation may seem, it is important to have an experienced lawyer in your corner. A criminal conviction could result in permanent damage to your child's future, including educational opportunities and career.
Under Florida law, an individual found in possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana may be charged with a misdemeanor. However, if a juvenile is accused of being in possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, or other illicit drugs even in trace amounts, he/she may be charged with a felony. Allegations of selling or distributing illegal drugs are extremely serious, and even more so when the crime occurs within 1,000 feet of a school.
While it is possible your child could be tried in adult court and face the same criminal sanctions an adult would in the same situation, most cases are handled in juvenile court. Generally speaking, the punishment given juveniles who are adjudicated guilty by the judge include community service, fines, and drug treatment programs.
When it is a teen's first offense and he/she has never been found guilty of a violent crime, pretrial diversions programs including drug court or teen court may be a good options. Charges are usually dropped against juveniles who successfully complete either of these programs.Contact Adams & Luka Now
As a parent, you know that your child deserves a second chance. Most parents are not familiar with the court systems, and find navigating it complicated and complex. Our Orlando juvenile drug charges lawyers will provide the legal guidance and support you need to ensure the best possible outcome for your child, and your family. Contact us now for a free consultation at (407) 872-0307 or (352) 787-2101.