As a parent, the responsibility of disciplining your child has fallen to you for the majority of your child’s life, so far. When he or she broke rules set by you, the other parent, a teacher or other authority figure, you may have determined whether extra chores, grounding, taking away certain privileges or other consequences would act as the best disciplinary method. Of course, now that your child is a legal adult and has gone off to a Georgia college, the consequences of trouble with authority could fall out of your hands.

In many cases, you likely still have disciplinary authority over your child, even though he or she is college-aged. However, if your child lands in trouble with police over drug use, you may worry about the punishments he or she could face.

Not your child…right?

Though you may think highly of your child and believe that you raised him or her right, college campuses offer many new opportunities for young adults, including some that may not be good for him or her. Your child may study hard and get good grades, but on the weekends, other activities could come into play. In fact, college campuses throughout the country commonly find the following substances:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Alcohol
  • Ecstasy
  • Prescription pills

Many college-aged adults are old enough to consume alcohol. However, your child may not have yet reached the age of 21. Still, he or she could receive offers to drink or to participate in drug-related activity. In fact, many students use what they call “study drugs” in efforts to stay awake and study more. However, these substances are typically prescription pills like Adderall and Ritalin, which could cause harm to your child, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription can lead to trouble with the law.

What if it is your child?

Everyone makes mistakes, and if your child is involved with the wrong people or makes a bad judgment call, it does not mean he or she is a bad person. However, it could mean that police have charged him or her with drug crimes, and your child’s future could be at stake. As a result, if your child does end up in this scenario, you may want to thoroughly explore his or her legal options and help your child determine what defense routes could suit the particular circumstances.