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What To Expect With Columbus Juvenile Drug Charges

April 6, 2020

If you or your child have been convicted of drug charges, it’s important to immediately contact an experienced defense lawyer right away. An attorney specialized in drug charges and juvenile law can help you choose the best possible path for your specific situation and help you avoid losing your driver’s license, your rights, your future, and maybe even your freedom.

When Minors Receive Drug Charges in Ohio

Despite additional avenues being available for minors facing drug charges, all drug convictions are serious.

First-time personal possession in Ohio may be considered a minor misdemeanor, but the repercussions can still be devastating and even last a lifetime regardless of whether you are a minor or over 18 years of age:

  • Suspended driver’s license for 6 months to 5 years
  • The conviction becoming a part of your permanent record
  • Barring from college scholarships, employment, or residential leases
  • OVI convictions compounding the penalties, even for minors

Penalties For Columbus Juvenile Drug Offenses

Fortunately, juvenile courts offer a wider range of options than the broader criminal justice system, ushering minors toward rehabilitation. Having said that, it’s very important to understand that these charges should be dealt with seriously as they can carry a range of consequences.


Diversion is similar to probation and is typically only available in the case of first-time offenses. If fully complied with, this can lead to a dismissal of charges.


A court can require compliance with specific terms which can include regular school attendance, maintaining a job, reporting to a probation officer, drug or family counseling, community service, or a combination of such terms.

Drug Counseling

The minor, and possibly their parents, can be ordered to attend counseling for drugs or substance use.


In severe cases, detention may be ordered, such as confinement to the juvenile’s home, relocation with a foster family, alternate home, or even a juvenile detention center. This is usually in rarer cases where other crimes or repeat offenses have taken place.

Aggressive Legal Defense With Compassion

Sallynda Rothchild Dennison has helped many minors in Columbus who have received drug charges. Focussing on their individual situation and needs, Sallynda aggressively pursues their specific solution, and prevent future occurrences to achieve the best possible outcome.

Need legal defense for Columbus juvenile drug charges? Call Sallynda Rothchild Dennison any time, 24/7 for real legal help from a live person.

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