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How Giving Pills to Minors can be Child Abuse

alprazolam_180x120-150x120According to an article in WPTV News, a 37-year-old Ft. Pierce woman accused of giving prescription pills to a 16-year-old girl was held Monday in the St. Lucie County jail, according to an arrest affidavit and a jail official.

Lisa Bennett, of the 5900 block of Hickory Drive in Fort Pierce, was arrested last week on charges including dispensing a prescription without a license, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child abuse.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a case involving alprazolam at Port St. Lucie High School. The 16-year-old girl suspected in the case said her mother’s “live-in friend” — Bennett — gave her five pills to sell at school.

Found at her home, Bennett showed a sheriff’s official a valid prescription for alprazolam, which is used in treating anxiety disorders and panic disorders. She said she gave the teen five pills. Bennett said the teen “wanted the pills to give to a friend at school,” the affidavit states.

It wasn’t immediately clear Monday whether the 16-year-old girl was arrested.

Bennett was held Monday in the St. Lucie County jail on $5,500 bond, a jail official said.

Prescription Drug Defense

Any violation of prescription drug use is considered a drug crime. The punishment for drug related criminal offenses can depend on the amount of the drug, the type, any criminal activity resulting from the drugs, and a few other factors. If you have been accused of a drug related crime you could be facing time in prison, hefty fines, closely regulated probation, regular drug testing, and a lot more hassle than you need in your life.

Punishments become even more severe when drug crimes involve minors – like in the case above. Bennett will be facing a severe punishment if convicted.

Contact a criminal defense lawyer if you have ever been arrested or charged with a drug crime. There are certain actions a criminal defense lawyer can take to make sure you have a fair trial and the best chance of defense.

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