Juvenile Drug Charges

If a juvenile if found to be in the possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia, he or she can be charged with a juvenile drug crime. Some of the most common drug crimes juveniles are charged with includes possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

If your child has been charged with a drug related offense, it is important that you contact a juvenile crime attorney who is familiar with juvenile crime laws.

Juvenile Drug Charges Lawyer in Dallas

If your child has been charged with a drug related offense in Dallas, or any of the surrounding areas in Texas, including Garland, Irving, Grand Prairie, Denton, Plano, McKinney, Fort Worth, Rockwall, Johnson, Wise, Ellis, Arlington, Mesquite, Carrolton, Richardson, Lewisville or Frisco, contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy. Attorney Richard McConathy is a dedicated defense attorney who is passionate about protecting the rights of his clients. 

Call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at (972) 233-5700 to set up a consultation on your child’s juvenile drug charges, and let these devoted defense attorneys fight for you.

Information Center for Juvenile Drug Charges in North Texas

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Juvenile Drug Offenses in Dallas

In order for an individual to be convicted of a drug related offense, the prosecution must be able to prove that the individual knowingly or intentionally possessed the drug or instrument in question, without a prescription or any other valid legal reason.  

The prosecution must also be able to show that the juvenile was in actual or constructive possession of the controlled substance or instrument. Actual possession means the juvenile had the object in his or her hand, pocket, or otherwise on his or her body.

Constructive possession means the individual was aware of the objects presence, was aware of the illicit nature of the object, and had dominion or control over the object. For example, if law enforcement finds an illegal substance in a juvenile’s glove compartment, the juvenile can be accused of having constructive possession of the controlled substance.

For the purposes of possession with intent to deliver, it must be shown that the defendant possessed the illegal substances and intended on selling or transferring them to someone else, in exchange for something of value. Prosecution may use the presence of packaging material, large amounts of cash, weapons, or scales to prove that the individual intending on selling or transferring the drugs.

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Penalties for Juvenile Drug Charges in Dallas

In Texas, the judicial system for juvenile offenders is very different from the judicial system for adults. For juveniles, the main goal of the judicial system is to rehabilitate them, and get them back on the right track. If an individual is charged with a drug crime in Texas and is put through the juvenile courts, his or her potential punishments include, but are not limited to:

  • Probation
  • Drug rehabilitation
  • Confinement in a juvenile detention center
  • Substance abuse educational courses
  • Counseling
  • Payment of court fees
  • Community service

In some cases, depending on the severity of the crime or the juvenile’s criminal history, juveniles can be tried as adults and ordered to pay heavy fines, and sentenced to time in jail.

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Representing Minors Facing Drug Charges in North Texas Juvenile District Courts

If your child is facing charges a drug offense throughout Dallas County in Texas and the surrounding counties of Denton County, Collin County and Tarrant County, Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy. Richard McConathy is an experienced Dallas criminal defense lawyer who will make every effort to help ensure that your child receives probation or community service for his or her offense.  

Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at (972) 233-5700 for a consultation about your child’s drug case, and let these attorneys fight for your child’s future.  

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