Juvenile Law—Kids and Drugs

Juvenile crimes can be either felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the brutality of the offense.  In a lot of cases, particularly those concerning violence, sexual felonies, crimes on a campus, or other factors such as:  gang developments or exploit of weapons, the juvenile offender will be charged as an adult and subject to adult penalties.

Kids and Drugs Just Don’t Mix

This thought applies to a juvenile whether or not he or she finds his or herself in a child welfare action in juvenile court.  There is an assumption that if you are a parent who uses drugs and has minor children—you are in fact, neglecting them and instigating possible drug use in the child’s future.  The best thing a parent should do is immediately inquire about substance abuse treatment.  It is hypothetically possible that a parent can use drugs and not disregard their child, but the burden of proof to refute that assumption is very high.  The argument that illicit drug use does not impair a parent’s parenting ability is nearly impossible to win.  It may not be impossible, but there are circumstances where a court would not find it to be so.  Avoid your child’s possible stay in a Juvenile correctional facility due to drugs by seeking treatment today.

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