Possession of an illegal substance can be a serious crime. In most cases, illegal substance charges in Florida refer to drug-related charges. This can include, but not be limited to, drug charges involving marijuana, prescription medicines, and inhalants. If your child is a minor, illegal substances also include alcohol.

When your child has been charged with possession, it is crucial not to waste any time. Under this type of charge, the police officer believes your child planned to use the drug him or herself. This means there is no intent to sell, manufacture or distribute the substance, which is a separate offense. These are the steps you can take to better prepare yourself and help your child during this difficult time.

1. Contact a local Tallahassee criminal defense attorney. Hiring an attorney is an important first step to take when your child has been arrested for possession. Do your research to learn as much as you can about this attorney including his or her background, expertise and connections to the local Tallahassee community. You want to be sure to hire an attorney who is both experienced and competent in criminal defense law.

2. Understand the boundaries of the law when you are the parent. When your child is seen as an adult in the eyes of the law, it is important to know you can only be involved up to a point. As a concerned parent, you will want to be a part of the representation every step of the way. You need to know now, however, that the Tallahassee criminal defense attorney who works with your child will not be able to violate attorney-client confidentiality. While many attorneys will keep you involved in the process, it’s important to remember your child is the one he or she represents and your child has the ultimate decision-making authority.

3. Enroll your child in a treatment program as soon as possible. In addition to getting your child the legal help he or she needs with the criminal charges, enrollment in a treatment program is critical for your child. Your child may just be starting a dependency problem or be suffering from an ongoing addiction. This program may take place at an inpatient or outpatient treatment facility, or could be intensive, preventative counseling. Discuss any and all treatment programs with your criminal defense attorney and do not hesitate to ask your attorney for input.

We know that this is a challenging time. Let our experienced Tallahassee criminal defense team of attorneys help you and your child. You may contact them through our website or by calling them today at 850-222-2000. We will work with you to successfully navigate these charges to reach the most favorable outcome for you and your family.