Many young people in northeast Pennsylvania make poor choices when it comes
to drug and alcohol use. These choices can lead to criminal charges including
underage drinking and driving under the influence (DUI).
The Times-Tribune recently covered the Lackawanna County district attorney's office
reminder to local students to make good choices about drugs and alcohol
this prom season. The Prom/Graduation Safety Fair at Genetti's in
Dickson City used humor and motivational speaking to encourage drug and
I applaud these efforts, as recent statistics from the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services Office of Applied Studies show that although
young people who receive such messages are generally less likely to report
recent use of drugs and alcohol, the percent of young people who receive
these messages is declining.
As a result, many young people in northeast PA put themselves at risk for
criminal charges. In fact, the
2005 Pennsylvania Youth Survey Report by the Pennsylvania Commission on
Crime and Delinquency reveals that 44 % of Pennsylvania's high school seniors report having
used illegal drugs, and 85% report having used alcohol. Many kids never
get caught, but for those who do, securing an experienced
criminal defense attorney is essential to ensuring that having made a bad mistake does
not destroy their futures.
Teach your kids never to use drugs, drink or combine drugs and alcohol
with driving. But also teach them that if they do mess up, they should
never talk to law enforcement without consulting an experienced defense
lawyer. A good criminal defense attorney can make the difference between
a life-changing experience, and a life-ruining one.
If your son or daughter faces criminal charges for drug possession, underage
DUI in northeast Pennsylvania, call Rogan Law and safeguard that young person's future.