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Texas Teen at Risk for Life Behind Bars for Alleged Drug Offense

It isn't uncommon for teenagers to make mistakes while they are young. Under most of these circumstances, there may be no direct impact on their futures, however. In some instances, though, teenagers may find that they have committed a drug offense, which could affect their future in terms of employment and other aspects of life.

A teen in Texas could spend the rest of his life in prison for baking brownies. However, these weren't just any type of brownies as they were allegedly mixed with marijuana and hash oil. The defendant is facing five years to life behind bars for a felony drug charge after officers seized a total of 1.5 pounds of alleged pot brownies, among other related items.

The charge may seem outrageous to many individuals, which is how the boy's legal counsel feels. However, prosecutors say that the serious charge stems from the alleged use of hash oil in the brownies. Hash oil is considered to be much more potent than marijuana itself.

When faced with criminal charges for a drug offense, Texas residents will generally benefit from understanding their individual rights and ensuring that those rights are fully protected as they make their way through the criminal justice system. In some cases, the punishment that an accused individual is facing may not appear to fit the crime, which may be the case with this particular incident. A solid defense strategy may be helpful in obtaining the best possible outcome for this Texas teen and other juveniles who find themselves in similar situations with their entire lives ahead of them.

Source: New York Daily News, "Texas teen could get life in prison for allegedly making batch of pot brownies", Sasha Goldstein, May 20, 2014