In 2020, more than 2,500 young individuals in Minnesota faced drug-related charges, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Understanding the far-reaching effects these charges can have on your life may help you avoid future pain and difficulties.
The impact of juvenile drug charges
Facing drug charges as a minor can impact your life in many ways. For example, the legal process may interrupt your education. You may have attendance problems or academic struggles. It may limit future educational opportunities.
The social stigma can also take a toll on you. Peers, teachers and community members might treat you differently, potentially affecting personal growth and social opportunities.
You may experience a lack of future job prospects. Many employers conduct background checks, and a criminal record, even from your youth, can be a barrier to finding work.
Strained family relationships are common when facing drug charges. Your parents or guardians may face emotional and financial stress while trying to support you through the legal process.
Your ability to find stable housing diminishes with drug charges on your record. Landlords may hesitate to rent to people with a criminal history, potentially leading to unstable living situations.
You may spend more time in jail. Juveniles charged with drug offenses are more likely to re-offend and end up committing more serious crimes.
Hope for the future
Addressing the root causes of juvenile drug charges, such as substance abuse or mental health concerns, can help you prevent future encounters with the law.
Early intervention programs, access to counseling and educational opportunities can play an important role in redirecting your life to a healthy path.