Has your child been arrested for drug crimes?

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2022 | Drug Charges

You might be among other Texas parents who are helping their sons or daughters prepare for a new school, either high school or college. In either case, maintaining good health and safety throughout the school year, especially if your child is residing away from home, is a top priority. Certain issues make it more likely that your son or daughter might run into trouble during the school year, perhaps with alcohol or drugs and maybe even facing arrest for suspected drug crimes. 

At least 14% of high school students admit that they have used an illegal drug at some time in their lives. The percentage is even higher for college students. It is helpful for parents to learn more about issues that place high-school and college students at great risk for illegal drug activities.  

Prior exposure to illegal drugs or alcohol abuse is a factor 

If a high-school or college student has been exposed to substance abuse within his or her family, there is a greater likelihood that he or she will use drugs or alcohol as well. A family history of substance abuse is one of the most common factors of risk among students in Texas and beyond. Other high-risk issues include lack of student supervision or monitoring, mental or emotional disorders or being a person that enjoys danger or taking risks.  

What types of drug use are most prevalent? 

It is not uncommon for students who are using drugs to use opioids. Such drugs include oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and heroin. Many students, especially those who are in college, often share prescription drugs among themselves, which is illegal. Sometimes, such drugs are sold on college campuses. 

Your son or daughter might all into drug use if another student offers him or her a pill to help stay awake while studying for an exam, for instance. Drugs may be passed around at a party, on or off campus. Getting caught with illegal drugs on or off campus can place you child’s entire college career at risk, especially if he or she is an athlete. 

If you get a call stating that your child has been arrested for drug crimes 

It is understandable that you might feel shocked and dismayed to receive a phone call informing you that your child has been arrested for suspected drug crimes in Texas. Whether your son or daughter is in high school or college, you would no doubt feel upset, and, perhaps, even angry but would want to provide as much support as possible to help mitigate the circumstances.  

If your child has a substance abuse problem, there are community support groups available that may benefit your family. You may also wish to speak with a legal advocate, especially if your son or daughter will be facing criminal charges for drug crimes in court.