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Northeast Pennsylvania Youth: Drug Possession, Underage Drinking and DUI

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 drug possession, 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 alcohol prevention.

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 drinking or DUI in northeast Pennsylvania, call Rogan Law and safeguard that young person's future.