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Drug-related offenses involving children

On Behalf of | May 12, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

If you are facing drug charges, you need to go over the unique aspects of your case. There are a number of factors that can affect the severity of a case and the potential penalties one faces, such as the amount of an unlawful substance and the type of drug. Moreover, if the case involves children, the penalties are often more serious. 

Sometimes, those accused of drug-related offenses have difficulty defending themselves because the details of a case become exaggerated or even fabricated. You need to explore your legal options on an individualized basis. 

How can children affect the penalties for drug charges?

According to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice, there are many ways in which the penalties for drug-related offenses in Texas are more serious if cases involve children. For example, those who manufacture unlawful substances while children are present face steeper penalties. 

Delivering drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, becomes a state jail felony if delivering paraphernalia to a minor at least three years younger. Moreover, certain illegal drug-related activities in school zones carry harsher penalties. 

What are the penalties for drug-related cases involving kids?

The penalties for a drug case vary, but are often much more serious if they involve kids. For example, manufacturing drugs while children are present, in some instances, can result in 20 years behind bars and up to $300,000 in fines. It is crucial to understand what is at stake if you face charges over an offense involving unlawful substances and make sure you have a clear understanding of your legal options.