A juvenile who is facing charges involving drugs may find dealing with the situation quite overwhelming. Not only can a drug crime conviction make it hard for a teenager to obtain school funding, but it may lead to fines, community service and even jail time. If a car or home is implicated in a felony drug crime of distribution or manufacture, the court may choose to seize that property as well. Under Wisconsin law, parents of convicted drug offenders may be responsible for paying a maximum amount of $10,000 for any damages that were caused by the child. Here at Craig Kuhary, Attorney at Law, we see the impact that a drug charge can have on a juvenile and his or her family.
There are several different types of juvenile drug crimes, depending on the severity and nature of the misconduct. These include:
- Manufacture, possession or distribution of illegal drugs.
- Intent to distribute or sell drugs.
- Narcotics trafficking or drug fraud.
- Illegal possession of prescription drugs.
- Possession of drug paraphernalia.
- Sale and delivery of illegal drugs.
Although some juvenile offenders may face a substantial penalty for their crime, an attorney’s knowledge of Wisconsin’s juvenile laws may help to reduce the penalties in certain cases. Teenagers who enter into a drug treatment program and successfully graduate, may be able to have their charges reduced. These details can certainly make a difference in a young person’s future.
Understanding more about the juvenile criminal process may help people make decisions that will directly influence the outcome of their case. Learn more by visiting our juvenile crimes-page.