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Juvenile Drug Crimes

Teens tend not to make the most informed decisions. Their youth can sometimes lead them to believe they’re invincible from anything, including the law. The state of Iowa, however, would have to disagree. Minors also the face consequences of violating state laws such as selling or possessing drugs.

In 2016, Iowa’s Office of Drug Control Policy released a report which detailed substance and alcohol abuse among teens. The report showed alcohol abuse had dropped nearly 10 percent in the last ten years, but the consumption of marijuana and other drugs is steadily on the rise. This means authorities are on the alert for drugged teens more than ever.

A conviction on a minor’s record can be life-altering. Educational institutions and future employers could easily access their charges easily with a background check. One event could affect you or your child’s ability to attend college, obtain scholarships or pursue a career.

Don’t agonize over what to do. If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug crime as a minor, it’s imperative you gain legal representation.

Attorney for Drug Crimes by Minors in West Des Moines, IA

It’s a myth that minors get light sentences when they’re convicted of a crime. The penalties for a drug crime by a minor are incredibly serious. The judge could sentence you or your child to drug abuse treatment, a court program, community service and require you to pay restitution costs. This doesn’t even include the social cost a conviction could have on your professional, educational and personal goals. 

The attorneys at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. excel at all types of juvenile crimes. We understand how stressful it can be to juggle criminal charges as a minor. That is why we’re committed to providing you with the best quality legal service available. Call us now at (515) 279-9700 to set up a free consultation today.

McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. represents people throughout the Polk County area including Polk City, Ankeny, Adel, West Des Moines and Runnells.

Overview of Juvenile Drug Offenses in Iowa


Drug Offenses by Minors in Iowa

Drug laws apply to minors just as much as adults. It’s illegal in Iowa to possess, manufacture or deliver a controlled substance. The severity of the crime is based on the schedule of the drug. Iowa has five schedules with schedule 1 having the highest potential of abuse.

For instance, cocaine and methamphetamines would be found under drug schedule 1. Drugs that have a low potential for addiction would be found under drug schedule 5 such as certain cough syrups and pseudoephedrine (otherwise known as Sudafed). 

Listed below are drug crimes in the state of Iowa. 


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Penalties for Juvenile Drug Crimes in Iowa

The justice system handles minors differently than adults. Your case will be heard in juvenile delinquency court, and the penalties will not be as harsh as those handed down in standard court. 

The majority of juvenile delinquency proceedings begin with the filing of a delinquency petition.

This petition will lead to an adjudicatory hearing if you don’t admit to your charges. From there the court will decide if you committed the crime or not. If the court concludes you did not commit the drug crime, then you’ll be adjudicated as a delinquent. They will then have a disposition hearing to determine your penalties.

There’s no guarantee of what your penalties will be. Juvenile court doesn’t follow the same statutory guidelines as traditional court. You could face any combination of the following consequences for a drug crime:


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Additional Resources

Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings – Visit the official website of the Polk County Attorney to find more information about the juvenile delinquency process. Access the site to learn about the stages of delinquency court, possible outcomes of a case and more. 

Drug Schedules – Visit the official website for Iowa’s Board of Pharmacy to learn more about controlled substance schedules. Access the site to learn which drugs belong under which schedule, what controlled substances have a high potential for addiction and more.


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Lawyer for Juvenile Drug Offenses in Polk County, Iowa

If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug offense, it’s imperative you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Drug charges could hinder you or your child’s plan for the future. Stay ahead of these charges and contact McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C..

The attorneys at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. are experienced in both juvenile and traditional criminal courts. We are passionate about defending others and we want to help you. Contact us now at (515) 279-9700 to set up a free consultation. McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. accepts clients throughout Dallas County and Polk County including Dexter, Polk City, Adel, West Des Moines and Perry. 


This article was last updated on May 31, 2019.

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