Johnson County Attorney For Juvenile Drug Possession Cases

While it may seem acceptable and even expected for young people to experiment with drugs in popular media, in reality, juvenile drug use is no laughing matter. The state of Kansas takes all drug use by teenagers very seriously, and prosecutes juvenile drug crimes aggressively.

Therefore, if your child has been charged with drug possession or some other drug crime, you need experienced legal help to protect his or her rights and future. Attorney Jerry Merrill of Overland Park defends teenagers accused of serious drug crimes involving:

  • Prescription drugs (OxyContin, Adderall, Vicodin, etc.)
  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine

With a reputation as an aggressive trial lawyer, Jerry will work to obtain the best possible outcome for your child, whether in negotiating with prosecutors or in defending his or her case in juvenile court. Unlike other states, Kansas allows juvenile jury trials, and Jerry Merrill is one of the few attorneys in Johnson County who has experience representing juveniles before a jury.

Juvenile Convictions May Be Used In Adult Sentencing

In Kansas, judges are permitted to use juvenile convictions in sentencing decisions for adult crimes. For this reason, a teenager should not plead guilty to even the most minor of drug possession charges, assuming that the case will be sealed once he or she reaches 18. There are many alternatives in juvenile sentencing that can be pursued by a skilled juvenile defense attorney like Jerry Merrill to avoid the establishment of a criminal record.

For more information on how Jerry Merrill can protect your child's rights and future, call 913-815-0705 or send him an email. The firm offers free initial consultations.