If your teenage child has been charged with Possession of cocaine, Possession of Adderall or Possession of Meth, you need to call Attorney Shawn James Haff ASAP at 616-438-6719! Shawn will be happy to answer any questions you may have and is always eager to help teenagers avoid the devastating impact drug crime convictions have on your teenager. The purpose of this article is to help a parent understand How Drug Crime Convictions Impact Your Teenager.

The first thing that needs to be addressed when your teenager has been charged with a drug crime, is the issue of their addiction. If this isn’t addressed, they will face a lifetime of criminal charges, poverty, health problems and potential death.  Your child will probably need medical help to fight the addiction. If you have reason to believe your child is using drugs, be proactive! Find them help and make sure they get the help they need!  We know places that work with teenagers with drug problems, so we can give you a referral.

If you suspect your child is using drugs, it’s important to make sure they get the help they need. In addition to getting your child professional help, we recommend having a conversation with your child about how a teenage drug conviction can affect their life well beyond high school.

Teenagers And Drug Crime Law

Here is what to look for when it comes to Teenage Drug Abuse:

  • Lack of interest in hobbies they enjoyed before
  • A sudden drop in grades
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Bad Breath
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Munchies and constantly hungry
  • Sleeping weird hours of the day all the time
  • Not sleeping at all

Athletic Discipline

If your child is an athlete, they risk being kicked off of their team for using drugs. The United States Supreme Court has held that teenagers can be subjected to random drug testing. The case was in 2002.

If your child is busted for drugs or tests positive for drugs while playing athletics, call us today at 616-438-6719! The call is free and Shawn can provide your teenager with the legal guidance they need.

Applications to College Rejected

Colleges typically require your child to disclose on their application if they have a history of breaking the law. This would include getting in trouble as a juvenile for drug charges and all other types of crimes.

When your child answers the question truthfully, this will give the university a reason to reject your child’s application. It doesn’t matter if your child is a straight A student, they can be rejected by a college for prior criminal convictions.

If your child wants to go to college and is facing drug charges, you definitely need to call Shawn today at 616-821-7691. He can get you the results that you need.

Loss of Financial Aid

How many college students can go to school without financial aid? Not many, and your teenager will have a very hard time getting financial aid from the government if they have a drug conviction. Currently, no one is able to get student loans or grants with a drug conviction. As far as scholarships go, a lot of the scholarships out there will not consider anyone who has been convicted of a drug crime.

Loss of Jobs and Difficulty Attaining a Job

While the law is supposed to protect job seekers from being discriminated against when they seek employment, we know that employers still do discriminate against people who have criminal histories. Just about every job asks the applicants about their criminal history. This history includes asking someone about their past drug convictions.

You must further remember that many jobs require employees to agree to random drug testing. If someone fails a random drug test, they will be subject to termination. The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan knows how to get your teenager the best results possible drug charges are on the table. Call Shawn today at 616-438-6719! The call is free!