View profile on Avvo
Avvo Rating 10
10 Best
The National Trial Lawyers

Impact of Drug Charges on Juveniles and Future Prospects

Law Office of Katie Walsh

Being charged with a drug offense as a juvenile can have serious consequences that can significantly impact your future prospects. It is important to understand the potential long-term effects a drug conviction can have on your professional and educational opportunities. 

The Law Office of Katie Walsh is dedicated to helping juveniles facing criminal charges in Orange County navigate the legal system and minimize the impact of drug charges on their lives. If you or your child are facing drug charges, it is crucial to seek the guidance of an experienced Orange County Juvenile Defense Lawyer to protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome for your case.

Drug Charges Can Have Serious Consequences

Drug charges, especially for juveniles, are not to be taken lightly. They carry significant consequences that can have a lasting impact on a young person’s life. 

Convictions for drug offenses can result in penalties such as probation, community service, substance abuse treatment programs, and even incarceration. These penalties can disrupt a juvenile’s education, tarnish their reputation, and limit their future opportunities. 

It is essential to understand the potential consequences and take immediate action to build a strong defense.

A Conviction Can Affect Professional and Educational Opportunities

A drug conviction can have lasting effects on a juvenile’s ability to pursue certain career paths and educational opportunities. Many colleges and universities conduct background checks on applicants, and a drug conviction can negatively impact their chances of admission. 

Additionally, certain professions, such as law enforcement, healthcare, and education, require individuals to have clean criminal records. A drug conviction can hinder a juvenile’s ability to pursue these careers and limit their options in the workforce.

Moreover, a drug conviction can also affect a juvenile’s eligibility for financial aid and scholarships. Many financial aid programs, both federal and private, have strict requirements regarding drug convictions. 

A drug offense can result in the loss of these opportunities, making it more challenging to afford higher education.

What a Juvenile Defense Attorney Can Do

When facing drug charges as a juvenile, it is crucial to have the support and guidance of a skilled Orange County Juvenile Defense Attorney. They can provide the following assistance:

  • Understanding the Legal Process: A juvenile defense attorney will guide you through the legal process, explaining each step and ensuring that you understand your rights and options.
  • Building a Strong Defense: A knowledgeable attorney will investigate the circumstances surrounding your case, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and develop a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific situation.
  • Negotiating with Prosecutors: A skilled attorney can negotiate with prosecutors to potentially reduce charges or seek alternative sentencing options that can mitigate the impact of a drug conviction.
  • Protecting Your Future: An experienced attorney will advocate for your best interests and work to minimize the long-term consequences of a drug conviction on your personal and professional life. They can explore diversion programs, rehabilitation options, and other alternatives to minimize the impact on your future prospects.

Call Orange County Juvenile Defense Lawyer Katie Walsh Today

If you or your child are facing drug charges in Orange County, it is crucial to seek the guidance of an Orange County Juvenile Defense Lawyer. The Law Office of Katie Walsh is dedicated to protecting the rights and future prospects of juveniles facing criminal charges. 

Call us today at (714) 351-0178 or contact us online to schedule a consultation and learn how we can assist you in navigating the legal process and securing the best possible outcome for your case.

Client Reviews

I hired attorney Katie Walsh to help my son when he was found with a large amount of drugs on school campus. She got us through the Expulsion Hearing, and miraculously he can go back to school at the winter semester...

AR- parent of minor client

I hired Katie Walsh to have my felony convictions expunged. She was able to expunge my record within 6 weeks of me giving her all the information. Even though technically I had a probation violation, and therefore the...

AR, criminal client

My 16 year old son was charged with possession of Marijuana, HS 11357(b). I was very concerned about what would happen to him and how this would affect his future. I contacted Ms. Walsh and she assured me that everything...

CT, parent of juvenile client

My child was charged with Felony Penal Code 597(a)- Animal Cruelty. After hiring Katie Walsh, she got the charges reduced to a misdemeanor, counseling, and 40 hours of chores at home. We come back in 6 months and the...

DH - Parent of Juvenile client

I hired Katie Walsh to represent my son on sexual abuse allegations- P.C. 288(a) and P.C. 288(b)- they were Strike Charges. After negotiating with the D.A., she got all the strike charges dismissed, and got my son...

DR- mother of juvenile client

Katie Walsh was fantastic throughout this entire process! My 13 year old son was charged with two counts of lewd act on a minor, PC 288(a) and was in juvenile hall. After hiring Ms. Walsh, she GOT MY SON OUT OF JAIL and...

EG, parent of juvenile client

My 14 year old son was arrested at school for P.C. 311 (child pornography). My son had innocent and stupid nude pictures of himself and friends on his phone. Ms. Walsh was extremely easy to talk to, and made my son feel...

GK,TK, parents of juvenile client

Ms. Walsh was a life saver when I didn't know what was going on, or how to handle the situation. My young daughter was attacked at her middle school and was seriously injured. At a time when both the school and the...

HA, mother of 13 year old Victim Rights client

I hired Katie Walsh to seal my juvenile record of PC 288(a) (lewd act on a minor), after my request had been denied by a Judge and by the Probation Department. After speaking with Probation, the DA and the Judge at a...

JW, former juvenile client

I was charged with a Felony Conspiracy charge- PC 182. After hiring Ms. Walsh she got my charged reduced to a misdemeanor right away, and now I just have to do community service and in 6 months my entire case will be...

KP, juvenile client

Ms. Walsh was like a breath of fresh air throughout this entire process. I was uncertain about the outcome, but she told me everything would be ok- and it was. She had my juvenile record sealed within 3 months of...

LR, former juvenile client

Ms. Walsh got the judge to terminate my son's probation and seal his 2 juvenile cases (Penal Code 288(a) and Penal Code 242) even though he had violated my probation by picking up a new case. By getting his record sealed...

MB- mother of juvenile client

At a very difficult time in my life I contacted attorney Katie Walsh. I am a teacher and was being harassed/stalked by a parent at my school. I wanted a Restraining Order against this person. Ms. Walsh listened to me...

MB, restraining order client

My son was charged with Lewd Conduct, P.C. 647 out of Downey, CA. After hiring Ms. Walsh, she spoke with the District Attorney, Probation, and the Judge. Even though the judge was not pleased with the offer, she was able...

MG, parent of minor

It is with sincere gratitude that I send this recommendation As a parent of a child that was arrested on a Felony Domestic Abuse charge and over 2000 miles away I had to rely on friend of a friends word that you would...

MPF, mother of criminal client

I really liked having Ms. Walsh as my attorney. She visited me in Juvenile Hall. I was charged with four counts of Robbery (Penal Code 211). This was my 8th juvenile petition. Ms. Walsh got 2 of the robbery charges...

MU, juvenile client

I was arrested for a felony Domestic charge, PC 273.5(a). After I hired Katie Walsh, my entire case was dismissed. I never had to appear in court. I felt very comfortable with Ms. Walsh- she was easy to speak with...

NF, criminal client

Katie was instrumental in helping me with a criminal matter as an advocate for me and my children when I was a named victim in a DV case. She patiently and expediently addressed all of my questions and was an invaluable...


My daughter was pulled over arrested for having a Fake ID. After hiring Ms. Walsh my daughter did not have to plead guilty- which would have affected her license status. She did community service, completed a legal...


My 14 year old daughter was involved in an assault and battery- PC 240/242, in Irvine. After hiring Katie Walsh the case was not referred to Court. My daughter was able to complete a class and the case will be dismissed...

SG, mother a juvenile client

My son was charged with possession of Child Pornography P.C. 311.11(a) - a charge I did not realize a child could be guilty of! As parents were beside ourselves when we found this out, and contacted Katie Walsh. She...

SH- mother of juvenile client

From San Diego I contacted Ms. Walsh about sealing my juvenile record in Orange County regarding a Petty Theft charge. She was always very responsive to any of my questions, and consistently kept me updated. Even though...

XL, juvenile client

Contact Us Now


Free Consultation (714) 351-0178