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Juvenile crimes involving drugs are often a cry for help

 

In today’s society, drugs are a pervasive problem among adults and children alike. In fact, research shows that a large percentage of juvenile crimes here in California and elsewhere involve drugs. Teenagers who enter the system with drug abuse issues deserve the chance to deal with their addictions and have a chance at a better life.

Drug abuse is often a symptom of a larger problem in these children’s lives. Issues such as domestic violence, sexual abuse and emotional problems usually accompany their run-ins with drugs and the criminal justice system. If these issues are not dealt with, the use of illegal and prescription drugs could continue after their time in the “system” is concluded.

 

Before simply incarcerating juveniles with drug problems, every option at rehabilitation should be explored. Once a child is assessed, the appropriate steps can be taken to provide a juvenile with age appropriate intervention, such as counseling and other needed support. With the proper treatment and supervision, a child on the wrong path could be given the chance to get back on track and thrive. In many cases, families are involved as well in order to work toward giving the child a positive support system, if possible.

When juvenile crimes involving drugs occur, it is crucial to enlist the aid of a California attorney who understands the needs of children as soon as possible. He or she should be aware of all of the options available to juveniles in the area. Nothing less than their futures are at stake, and having the right advocate could make all the difference.

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