It’s easy for children to fall into the wrong crowd. Just the same, good kids make poor decisions every now and again. Unfortunately, depending on the circumstances, one bad decision can result in serious trouble with the law.
If your child is charged with drug possession, it’s important that you don’t leave it to them to figure things out. Without the appropriate direction, it’s possible they could make a decision that affects their ability to reduce or eliminate their punishment.
The best way to help your child overcome drug possession charges is to understand the circumstances. Once you know the ins and outs of their case, it’s time to learn more about the many types of drug possession defense strategies. The most common include:
- Illegal search and seizure: Police often take advantage of younger individuals, as they assume they’re not familiar with their legal rights and/or too scared to stand up for themselves. This can result in a situation in which the arresting officer performs an unlawful search and seizure. In this case, it’s possible that the drugs seized during the search could be excluded as evidence.
- They didn’t belong to your child: Take, for example, a college age student who lives with several other individuals. Police could find drugs in your child’s apartment or house, assume they belong to them and then put them under arrest. However, since the drugs didn’t belong to your child, they shouldn’t be in line to receive a punishment.
- Someone planted the drugs: It’s not uncommon for teens to have enemies. While this doesn’t typically lead to trouble with the law, it can. An example is a situation in which someone plants drugs in your child’s house or car and then notifies police.
These are just a few of the many defense strategies you should think about if you need to help your child overcome drug possession charges.
This is a difficult time in their life, so do your part by stepping in and helping them put their criminal charges in the past with as little impact as possible. Not only does this help them now, but they’ll thank you for many years to come.