It is seemingly inevitable that Crystal Meth users find themselves in trouble with the law. Once a youth is brought in by the police, there is a process which is usually followed:
First time offenders are more likely to be offered Extra Judicial Sanctions which would save the youth from a trial and criminal record provided they agree to a contract.
Common contract requirements require the youth make amends in some fashion, do community service, regularly attend school, attend drug rehab, reside at a specific residence, keep in contact with a parole officer or counselor, and keep clean in the eyes of the law. If a contract is broken the case may be brought back for trial.
This information is presented in an expanded form in our Meth Info DVD, available for purchase on this site soon. We also hope to have a text transcript available for free soon.
The Justice System is somewhat arcane and challenging, but we have practioners who are working with us to help increase its transparency for parents and educators. Suffice to say, it's not easy: but remember, You are Not alone. Many families are in the same situation as you. This site aims to be a support.
Refer to our Forums, create an account on our site and contribute your knowledge and observations; even your frustrations, which we all get too. Talking about it, asking and answering questions, is better than that powerless feeling that comes from doing nothing.
For more information about the Youth Criminal Justice Act you may also visit the following government site: