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What is the punishment for a minor distributing a controlled substance on school grounds?

What is the criminal punishment for a 17 year old distributing a controlled substance on school grounds and also having possession of a pipe?

Answer By Adam Van Ho
Burdon and Merlitti
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The minor would be sent to juvenile court for drug trafficking. The potential punishment would depend on the amount of the drugs being distrubuted as well as the juvenile's record. He/she could face anything from probation to being sent to a juvenile detention facility, but it will depend on the court and the juvenile's record.

Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 12/31/2011

Answer By William Spern

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At age 17, he is not a minor. Without any prior acts, probably probation and HYTA sentencing.

Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 12/11/2011

Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
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Possession with intent to sell is a felony in California. He is looking at more than 365 days in State Prison if he is charged as an adult.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/9/2011

Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
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That depends on the exact charges and the quantity of drugs and other facts and circumstances.

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 12/7/2011

Answer By Steve Freeborn
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
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Start with automatic and permanent expulsion from the school district. Factors to consider: was if high school, junior high, or elementary school? What types and quantity of drugs were being possessed and distributed? The answers to these questions will determine the level of charge. While you are 17, and that technically is a "minor", the prosecutor could still elect to charge you as an adult. Potential charges: possession of a controlled substance (if you had pills, you could conceivably receive a separate charge/count for each pill), possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia. For the distribution charge, you could receive one count for each person to whom you delivered the drug. You are probably look at felony charges, which could carry with it some substantial jail time, as well as loss of your constitutional rights. The fact that you were dealing/distributing on school grounds may also result in an enhancement of the penalties (ie., jail time and possibly prison time), for reason that schools are considered to be specially protected areas. A conviction of these types of charges will more than likely disqualify you from attending most colleges (if that is your intent), and certainly disqualify you from federal grants, scholarships and student loans. My advice to you is to retain a good criminal defense attorney in your area.

Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 12/6/2011

Answer By Cynthia Henley
Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
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The person, at 17, is an adult - not a minor. This person needs a lawyer because there is a potential for prison.

Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 12/4/2011

Robert Valles and Associates P.C.
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That first depends on the kind of controlled substance and amount. Every crime bumps up one level if on school grounds.

Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 12/4/2011

Answer By Samuel Harrison
Harrison & Harrison
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In Georgia, a 17 year old is considered an adult for criminal law purposes. The possession of the pipe is a misdemeanor (12 months, $1,000 fine maximum). The punishmentfor the distributing count depends on the type of drug and the amount.

Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 12/4/2011

Law Office of James A Schoenberger
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The juvenile court may retain jurisdiction or decline, in which case the minor would face charges in adult court. Punishments in adult court in Washington are in the form of standard ranges for jail or prison and are determined by the seriousness level of the crime and the defendant's offender score, based on criminal history. So your question cannot be answered without this information.

Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 12/3/2011

The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
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The pipe is a minor matter. The distribution can result in a sentence to a state facility. Hire a juvenile defense attorney.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/2/2011

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