Juvenille Arrests for Drugs – What to Know

Drug use has been an issue for teenagers for decades, to the point where around 86% of high school students know someone that abuses substances. Drinking and marijuana are the top substances among students, with over a quarter of students using marijuana, and nearly three-quarters using alcohol. With the continued rise in use, the number of students being arrested for drug possession and distribution rises with it.

A juvenile arrest, while not guaranteed to remain on the child’s record, can have a cascading negative effect on the child, from social stigma, to legal punishments. It’s important to note that drug charges can arise from a variety of substances, including legal ones. If your child has a prescription for a medication like Adderall or Ritalin, selling or giving pills to other students is treated as drug distribution. Among the substances that are commonly found to be used by teens are:

  • Amphetamines
  • Adderall
  • Opioid painkillers
  • Synthetic marijuana
  • Tranquilizers
  • Cough medicine
  • Vicodin
  • Hallucinogens
  • OxyContin
  • Sedatives
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • LSD
  • Cocaine
  • Ritalin
  • Inhalants
  • Salvia

A juvenile can be arrested for both possessing and distributing, which carry similar penalties, depending on the drug and the severity of the charge. After committing an offense, a juvenile is required to appear in juvenile court, which will determine whether the case will be adjudicated (much like a conviction for adults). In some cases, a child might be sent to adult court depending on their age and the offense. The potential penalties range from probation, restitution, community service, placement in a rehab facility, probation, and even placement in a juvenile detention center.

If your child is arrested for drug possession or distribution, we can help. Attorneys Patrick McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark at Andersen, Tate & Carr have combined experience of more than 30 years representing clients in criminal cases.

For more information, or to request a case evaluation, call our law office at (770) 822-0900. We have been very successful at reaching the best possible outcome for our clients, and our attorneys are here to help you through this difficult and stressful time.