Even if you are not caught with drugs or arrested for possession, if you
deal drugs to a minor or even share your own personal stash, you can be
prosecuted. This is because you contributed to the delinquency of a minor,
which is a serious offense in almost all 50 states. Every single state
has some statute that provides a punishment for adults who aid a minor
in an act of delinquency. The actual penalties for this crime can vary
depending on the jurisdiction that the case is being tried in and the
offense that was committed. For example, if you are an adult that committed
an act or failed to perform a duty you can be charged with this crime.
One of the most common reasons that adults contribute to the delinquency
of a minor is when they allow them to try illegal drugs. This can encourage
the teens towards addiction, and eventually lead to their arrest. As the
perpetrator of the crime, you can also be charged. In some states, only
parent and legal guardians can be charged with this offense but in other
locations it is legally to prosecute a co-worker, older friend, or even
a stranger who contributes to the delinquency of a minor. The term "contributing"
is often very broad and the judge has the right to use his or her own
discretion in determining when a person has actually contributed to the
minor's crime in some way.
In most states, a minor is anyone who is under the age of 18. Colorado
was the first state to establish this law that created contributing to
the delinquency of a minor charges, but since then the charges have been
used frequently. If you aided a teenager or child in obtaining illegal
narcotics, or even if you have merely been accused of this crime, then
you need to contact an attorney promptly to assist you in your case. Discuss
your situation with a
Plano drug defense lawyer at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today!