Juvenile Drug Crime

Juvenile drug offenses including possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, and other substances may mar a minor’s criminal record, thus barring them from certain education and employment opportunities.

In addition, these types of crimes can signify a larger problem such as drug addiction for a juvenile, subsequently requiring treatment and counseling.

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Juvenile Drug Crime Defense Attorney

At Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law Susanne Gustin works vigorously representing those young people accused of drug crimes.  She will work tirelessly to minimize the adverse consequences of such arrests, and to help her clients get the needed rehabilitation services if necessary

Call the offices of Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law today at (801) 243-2814 to examine a proper defense strategy to keep you or your child from potentially harsh consequences. Clients from Salt Lake County, Davis County, and neighboring areas are accepted.

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Juvenile Drug Crime Information Center

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Common Juvenile Drug Offenses Defined

Possession, distribution, or manufacture of controlled substances- §58-37-8

Under Utah code it is unlawful for an individual to produce, manufacture, dispense, possess, or intent to produce, manufacture, dispense, or possess a controlled or counterfeit substance, or to engage in a criminal enterprise.

Unlawful purchase, possession, consumption by minor- Measurable amounts in body- §32B- 4-409

Unless otherwise specified under Utah Code, it is unlawful for a minor to do the following:

  • Buy alcoholic products;
  • Attempt to buy alcoholic products;
  • Solicit another person to buy alcoholic products;
  • Possess alcoholic products;
  • Consume alcoholic products;
  • Have measurable blood, breath, or urine alcohol content in the body;
  • Consume alcohol while riding in a limousine or chartered bus;
  • Misrepresent his or her age for the purpose of obtaining alcohol; or
  • For any other person to misrepresent a minor’s age for the purpose of obtaining alcohol.

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Controlled Substances in Utah Code

Utah code §58-37-4 lists a number of illegal controlled substances.  Listed below are some of the most common controlled substances included in drug crimes.

  • Stimulants (Amphetamine, Methylphenidate, Dexmethylphenidate, etc.)
  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Other opiates
  • Cocaine
  • Tranquilizers
  • Sedatives
  • Hallucinogens
  • Inhalants
  • PCP

This is not an exhaustive list of controlled substances under Utah code.  The Utah Controlled Substance Act provides a complete list of illegal substances.

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Penalties for Drug Crimes in Utah

Penalties for juvenile drug crimes vary depending on the facts of the case including the age of the accused, the amount of the substance, and whether this is a first-time offense.

Some penalties for these crimes committed by a juvenile include completion of an educational series or substance abuse treatment; and suspending driving privileges; and imprisonment.

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Utah’s Drug Court

Under §78A-5-2, Utah’s Drug Court program offers a more rehabilitative alternative to jail or prison time. 

This program is an intensive court-supervised drug treatment.  Upon a juvenile’s successful completion of the drug court program, he or she may be able to have charges dropped or reduced.

As a participant in this program, juvenile offenders and their families are required to attend weekly court hearings, attend treatment, and complete community service.  However, these activities may vary depending on the individual.

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Juvenile Drug Crimes Resources

National Institute on Drug Abuse– Source for information on treatment needs for convicted juvenile drug offenders.

Reclaiming Futures– Resource for rehabilitation of juveniles with a history of drug and other crimes.

Office of Justice Programs– A federal resource for delinquency prevention programs and juvenile justice.

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Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law Salt Lake County Juvenile Drug Defense Attorney

Contact Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law today for a consultation on the juvenile drive charges. It is increasingly important to seek the professional help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.  Contact Susanne Gustin of Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814 to discuss all the facts of the case. 

Our firm services juvenile drug offenders in Salt Lake County, Davis County, North Salt Lake, Centerville, Woods Cross, West Point, and surrounding areas.

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