Several young men, including three minors, were recently arrested on drug related and other charges in Pennsylvania. The charges in this case, which include a drug possession charge, are very serious and may have both immediate and long-term consequences. The immediate consequences may include juvenile detention, jail and/or prison time and possible fines.
A multi-agency operation recently apprehended five teenagers and a young adult who allegedly led Pennsylvania State Police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 81 in Franklin County. According to officers, after the driver of the vehicle in question exited the highway, all the occupants supposedly tried to flee the scene on foot, but were detained shortly after. Upon searching the vehicle, officers claim to have found synthetic marijuana inside the car.
All six individuals, ages 16 to 20, were arrested for the incident. Charges against them include drug possession, receiving stolen property and fleeing law enforcement officers. It is unknown if court dates have been scheduled for any of these cases.
Criminal cases against juveniles can present different challenges than cases against adults. Since a criminal conviction at a young age can affect future prospects, the goal of juvenile cases typically focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment; however, the age of the child and type of crime they are accused of may affect the decision as to whether or not minors will be tried as an adult. Each of these individuals, whether tried in the juvenile or adult court system, maintains the right to employ a criminal defense on their behalf. A variety of strategic defense methods may be utilized, where appropriate, to fight the drug possession and other charges in order to seek the best possible outcome for each individual case.
Source: fox43.com, "6 face drug charges following high-speed chase along I-81 in Franklin County", Valerie Waltz, Aug. 11, 2014