No matter how much we try to teach them, our children will make mistakes. It’s part of growing up. But what if the mistake is drug trafficking? Should you let them face the consequences to teach them a lesson?
As tempting as it is to let your child learn a hard lesson, it isn’t the best idea. The court system in California is tough on drug traffickers. Even first-time offenders could face some harsh consequences.
What could happen if my teen is tried as an adult?
Possessing and trafficking drugs is a serious crime. Regardless of their age, your teen could be charged as an adult. Even if their record is spotless, they could face some serious consequences. If found guilty:
- Your teen could face a hefty fine and a lengthy time in prison.
- You won’t be able to get their record expunged. A drug trafficking conviction stays on their record permanently.
- Convicted criminals cannot receive federal grants or loans. Your teen could lose their funding for college.
- A drug trafficking conviction could impact their future employment options. Many companies will not hire a convicted felon.
- A military career is off the table if your teen is convicted.
A prosecutor will do everything they possibly can to get your teenager convicted. Your child may be the kindest person in the world, but the prosecutor will try to paint them as a hardened criminal.
What should I do to help my teen with a drug trafficking charge?
The single most important thing that you can do is to let your child know that you love and support them. Experienced legal guidance can help you decide what steps to take next.