Selling drugs is a more serious crime than possession, and the usual penalties vary according to the type of drug and the quantity. Marijuana is somewhat less serious than dangerous narcotics and amphetamines. Fortunately, the focus of the juvenile justice system in Arizona is to rehabilitate the offender, rather than to punish. It is preferable not only for the young person but for the whole of society to keep juveniles out of the adult system, which all too frequently is the first step in a life of repeat offenses and incarcerations.
Rehabilitation reduces recidivism
Our focus in representing young people accused of selling drugs is to keep them out of the adult penal system and give them access to programs that are aimed at reducing recidivism. This is accomplished by helping the juvenile facing a drug charge to kick his or her substance abuse problem with professional counseling and drug rehabilitation by participating in special programs administered by juvenile drug courts. Successful completion of these diversionary programs can often result in the charges being dropped so the young drug offenders can move on with life without a criminal conviction holding them back from college and employment.
Experienced defense makes a difference when facing a juvenile drug charge
Many parents prefer to engage a private juvenile defense attorney rather than taking a chance with a public defender. Although many public defenders are skilled and dedicated, some are relatively inexperienced, and their caseloads are usually extremely large.
If your child is facing a serious criminal charge like selling drugs, you naturally want to ensure that the attorney you select has the time to investigate the case thoroughly and the experience to work with the prosecutor and judge to arrive at a disposition that will not have negative repercussions in the future for your son or daughter.
Jeremy Geigle at Jackson White Law is a juvenile drug defense attorney with years of experience keeping young people under 18 in the juvenile system where they belong. He is committed to getting youth into appropriate programs to help them turn their lives around and get back on track to lead a productive life. In many cases, Jeremy is able to help your child avoid both detention and a permanent record.
If your son or daughter is facing a drug-related charge in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott, or anywhere else in the state of Arizona, give Jeremy a call for a free initial consultation to find out what options might be available.