Lawyers in NE Ohio for Juveniles Charged With Drug Possession

At Erb Legal LLC, we provide compassionate, thorough representation for juveniles charged with all types of criminal offenses, including drug crimes. Our experienced attorneys handle cases ranging from low-level possession of drugs like marijuana and ecstasy to serious allegations of selling and distributing substances like cocaine and heroin. If your child is facing drug charges, we can help you and your family navigate the difficult road that lies ahead.

Protecting the Rights of Juvenile Suspects

Popular movies and television shows often depict teenage experimentation with drugs as practically a rite of passage for adolescents. Such depictions, however, rarely address the dangers of juveniles being charged with drug abuse. A conviction or an adjudication related to juvenile drug charges could follow your child for many years to come, potentially affecting their education and other opportunities.

The juvenile court system places a much greater emphasis on education and rehabilitation, while adult courts tend to take a more punitive approach. In every case, we will work to show that a favorable resolution can be reached under the authority of the juvenile court.

Skilled Ohio Drug Defense for Teens

As with adult drug charges, the prosecution’s case usually depends on physical evidence seized by authorities prior to the suspect’s arrest. While the Fourth Amendment protects citizens from illegal searches and seizures, the privacy rights of minors often cause additional complications. The police, for example, must usually obtain a warrant before searching a suspect’s home, but school officials are allowed to search a student’s locker at any time without a warrant or the student’s permission. Our attorneys will carefully review the circumstances of the arrest, looking for any indication of an illegal or improper search. If your child’s rights were violated, we will work to have the charges reduced or completely dismissed.

Diversion Program and Other Alternatives

In some cases, the evidence against your child may be overwhelming, but that does not mean that the situation is hopeless. Ohio law offers diversionary programs and other court-approved alternatives to adjudication, especially for first-time offenders. The knowledgeable lawyers at Erb Legal will help you and your child explore all of your available options. We will work with prosecutors and juvenile court officials to find the best solution for your unique circumstances. Our team is also equipped to help seal juvenile arrest records so that your child can make the most out of his or her future.

Call Us Today

If your child is facing drug charges in juvenile court, contact our office to get the help you need. Call (330) 446-3606 for a free, confidential consultation today. We represent clients in across Northeastern Ohio, including Portage County, Wayne County, Summit County, and Medina County.