It’s totally normal for children to experiment with drugs and to drink, but that doesn’t mean that their actions are legal. If your child is caught with opioids that they’ve purchased from someone else, for example, then they could face serious drug charges for being in possession. If they are caught selling their opioids to others, then they could face legal trouble for distributing and trafficking drugs.
It’s reasonable to assume that most minors and young adults wouldn’t realize how serious it is to sell or use drugs. That’s why it’s important to bring your attorney onboard early in the case, so that they can protect your child’s rights.
Drug use and abuse has potential side effects that could change your child’s life, but so can drug charges. If your child has been caught with prescription drugs that don’t belong to them, they could face a felony charge with penalties that vary based on how much they are in possession of and what they were doing with it at the time when they were caught.
For example, if your child had several bottles of prescription opioids that they were selling to others on campus, then they could face significant drug trafficking charges. North Carolina’s drug laws are extremely strict, so they could face a mandatory minimum sentence and high fines.
On top of that, someone who is in school may find that they lose access to federal financial aid, scholarships and other funding. They may be kicked off campus or expelled from their program.
If they work, they could lose their job because of the arrest or because of a conviction. This is why it’s so vital to have an attorney to speak with right away. They need to talk to you about ways that you can manage the charges and potentially have them reduced or dropped completely.
Minors and young adults make mistakes, but drug charges are extremely serious. If your child is dealing with an arrest and charges, it’s time to take legal action to protect them, because there are lasting negative effects from a conviction.