Kingwood, Texas Juvenile Drug Possession at School Attorney
Board Certified Texas Attorney for Juvenile Drug Possession Cases
Kingwood, Humble, Texas
Schools in Kingwood, Humble, and the surrounding communities have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to juvenile drug possession. Those students caught with illegal drugs will be subject to extremely harsh penalties handed down by the school board and the state of Texas. If your child has been caught with any type of drug at school, you should strongly consider retaining the services of an experienced juvenile crimes defense attorney as soon as possible.
Board Certified criminal defense attorney Andrew J. Williams has more than 15 years of experience defending clients against drug possession charges. He has a comprehensive understanding of local and state criminal statutes, as well as the variations in procedure between the state courts and administrative school hearings. Protect your child’s future by calling 281-358-9111, or using the online contact form.
The Consequences of Juvenile Drug Possession
It is important to know that students do not have the same constitutional protections as adults when it comes to searches and seizures. Accordingly, schools are not bound by the presence of probable cause, and have greater authority to search bags, lockers and other areas where drugs may be hidden.
A student found in possession of illegal drugs faces severe consequences, including:
Expulsion (up to one year or permanent)
Loss of their driver’s license
Jail time (if 17 or older)
Having drugs on school campus is always a higher offense than if the same drug was possessed off campus. For example, a Class A misdemeanor can automatically become a state felony if the drugs were found on school grounds such as hallways, playgrounds or lockers.
What to Do if Your Child Is Detained by the Police
If you get a call from the police informing you that your child has been detained on suspicion of engaging in criminal conduct, the first thing to do is go to the police station and get your child released into your custody.
It is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible, because juvenile cases move more quickly than cases involving adults. Within a short period of time, the child will be called into court to answer the charges against him or her. With help from a lawyer who understands the juvenile system, your child may be able to avoid most or all of the more serious consequences.
For answers to your questions, schedule a complimentary consultation with Andrew J. Williams, Attorney at Law. To make an appointment, call 281-358-9111, or use the online contact form.