For juveniles, drug possession in the state of Georgia can have serious law implications. To protect your child’s rights as well as their future, you’ll need help from an experienced criminal attorney who navigates the possible life-altering consequences and court procedures following a juvenile drug charge.
School Drug Possession
Marijuana, cocaine, heroin and illegally obtained prescription drugs are common substances related to juvenile drug charges. The accused is charged when caught red-handed with paraphernalia and/or drugs in their immediate possession, or if items are found while searching their home or vehicle. If your child is found to manufacture, distribute, dispense or be in possession of controlled substances within 1000 feet of a church or a school in Georgia, the penalties can be much worse.
Consequences of School Drug Possession
Charges of drug possession on your child’s record can have a devastating effect on their future. In Georgia, being charged with a felony instead a misdemeanor can depend on the quantity and type of drug they were found with. Small quantities of some drugs are associated with personal use; however, large quantities of any drug may indicate drug dealing, which triggers more serious charges with larger penalties. It’s important to note that even a misdemeanor conviction on your child’s record has serious implications for their future educational, financial and life opportunities.
Possible immediate conviction consequences include:
- Jail time
- Fees and fines
- Lost time for probation appointments, travel
- Lost wages due to missed work and job loss
Future consequences include difficulties in:
- Being hired for most jobs – records take years to expunge, so even first offender programs can show on background checks
- Eligibility for school loans and other loans
- Eligibility for college programs / scholarships
- Military service
- Credit rating, credit card
- Renting or buying a home or vehicle
- Future child custody or adoption
- Election or appointments to government positions
If your child has been charged with drug possession, call the offices of Richard Grossman for a free initial consultation before it’s too late to fight for their future.