As a parent, you are well aware that college students can make mistakes. Unfortunately, some mistakes have much more severe consequences than others. Selling and distributing drugs is one of these serious mistakes.

Getting caught selling drugs is a grave offense and you might be worried about what will happen to your child as a result. Here are the various legal consequences for drug charges, so you know what your child may be up against:

Marijuana

While possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use is now legal in some states, it is still illegal in Pennsylvania, even for medicinal purposes.

Federal law classifies various drugs under different “schedules” in order to determine their potential dangers and how to punish those who violate the laws regarding drug use and distribution. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, so the penalties for possession and sale are not quite as harsh as other, more serious drugs.

Sale of marijuana, however, is classified as an ungraded felony in Pennsylvania. This means it is punishable by five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Adderall or other study drugs

While Adderall and other study aides may not seem like serious drugs, federal law still classifies them as Schedule II controlled substances. Since they are prescribed medications, the consequences of being caught selling or distributing these drugs are serious. Possession can result in fines and even jail time.

Being accused of selling drugs carries even more serious consequences that can include but are not limited to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.

Cocaine, meth and other drugs

Cocaine, meth and other more serious drugs also fall under Schedule II by the federal government, so the punishments are generally the same as mentioned above with Adderall.

However, there are more severe consequences for selling and distributing Schedule II drugs which can include 15 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

These penalties can be harsh and threatening for your children. However, there are ways you can defend against a drug charge. Speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you build up a defense.