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Selling drugs in a minor’s presence

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Selling illicit drugs in Idaho can result in serious penalties. However, when the sale takes place in the presence of a minor, the laws are even stiffer.

Selling drugs in a minor’s presence

In Idaho, it’s illegal for a person to sell, manufacture, possess or deliver illicit drugs or controlled substances. It’s also illegal to do any of these things while on the same premises as a minor child. This includes any number of buildings or structures such as a house, apartment, mobile home, hotel or motel room or even a vehicle.

A minor is any person under the age of 18. The state’s laws are strict when children are in the presence of any illegal drug activity. As a result, charges of selling drugs while in the presence of a minor is automatically classified as a felony, which carries harsh penalties in the event of a conviction.

Penalties for selling drugs in a minor’s presence

Being found guilty of selling illegal drugs in the presence of a minor can carry up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000. If a person is found guilty of selling, manufacturing, possessing or delivering illicit drugs or controlled substances, they could face up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $25,000. In some cases, a conviction will result in both penalties being handed down.

Facing such a serious drug crime charge is an urgent matter that needs prompt attention. If you are arrested for selling drugs in the presence of a minor, your life can change. In addition to hefty fines and prison, you may have trouble finding or keeping a job or securing housing.

Drug charges are serious and should be taken seriously. Time is of the essence and your future is at stake.