The Issue Of Juvenile Drug Possession

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There is a long debate about where to draw the line for children and adults when it comes

to criminal offense. To that end, children who have committed adult crimes are instead tried in

what is now family court. Thanks now children can be held accountable for their actions. Once

such statute for this is 21a-278.

This statute is split into parts a and b, with a “penalty for illegal manufacture,

distribution, sale…or administration”.

In the United States, juvenile drug possession occurs whenever a person under the age of

eighteen knowingly owns a regulated drug or substance without a legal reason or permission.

Being in possession of illegal substances is a crime in all states.

Usually, a juvenile is pulled over by a police officer who notices the drugs somewhere in

the car either by searching it or interrogating the driver. The common drugs that juveniles are

pulled over for are marijuana, metaphetamine, or similar ones. In addition, possessing drugs

without a doctor’s prescription can also lead to a drug possession charge.

There are exceptions. Sometimes, a juvenile sometimes possesses something like

oxycontin, but nothing illegal occurs unless the juvenile gives some of it away to another minor;

thus, both get charged, one for possession and the other for using.

The rules for a juvenile to be convicted are much harsher, in a sense, than it would be for

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an adult. A prosecutor, for example, does
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