Adults convicted of possession charges may face fines, imprisonment, and other penalties. Based on this fact, what happens when a Florida minor is found in possession of drugs? Well, let’s take a look.
Minor in Possession Charges
Charges for drug possession are the same whether the accused is a juvenile or an adult. Therefore, the age of the perpetrator has no direct impact on the potential penalties of a possession crime.
Potential Florida juvenile possession charges are impacted by the following:
- The type of drug in the minor’s possession;
- The quantity of drugs in the minor’s possession;
- The place where the minor possessed the drugs (school, federal property, etc.)
Now, we could go into the details of every drug possession charge that exists, but a minor is most likely to face marijuana possession charges, so the penalties for these charges are what we will examine.
Marijuana Possession Charges
If a minor has less than 20 grams of marijuana, he or she could be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. A first-degree misdemeanor conviction could result in a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail and fines of up to $1,000. If the possession charge happened at school, penalties could increase.
As you can see, minor in possession charges are serious criminal convictions that can severely hamper a child’s future. If your child is accused of possession, hiring experienced criminal defense for their case could be the difference between a conviction and your child going free.
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