When you're underage and going to school, you may make mistakes when you're experimenting with new things. Being accused of a serious drug crime can be terrifying. You may not know where to turn or how this could affect you in the long term. Fortunately, the rules for drug penalties are clear, and even if you're charged as an adult, you can fight the charges placed against you.
If you manufacture or deliver drugs, you could be penalized with at least 180 days in jail and a fine of less than $10,000. You could also face life in prison, depending on the specific level you've been charged at. For instance, if you're accused of a first-degree felony, you could be fighting against a life sentence. However, dropping that charge to a second-degree felony would mean a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail. There's a major difference, which is why defense is so important.
Marijuana, which is often popular among teens and young adults, has its own offenses and penalties. If you possess marijuana, for instance, you can be penalized with up to 180 days in jail and a fine of no more than $2,000.
Another risk is a driving while intoxicated charge if you're caught driving while on drugs. There is a minimum punishment of at least 72 hours in jail and a fine of $2,000 or less. You could face up to 180 days in jail, though, depending on the penalties issued by the judge.
Our website has more information on juvenile crimes and how to get the help you need to fight against drug charges.