17 received citation last Tues for drug paraphernalia. we have kept this quiet. but tonight Monday at a game our HS SRO came up and told our coach during the middle of the game. This officer doesn't know our 17 yr old situation or anything else. Is this really his responsibility, he actually brought it up to the asst principal earlier in the day. Where did he get the information, we haven't even been to court yet, he has assumed guilty as charged.
At 17, a person is an adult for criminal law purposes. I understand that this is an embarrassing situation, and you would hope discretion would be exercised by anyone who discovers information about the matter. Understand, however, that most school resource officers are exactly that - officers. They have access to any information any other officer does, including any new case that is filed. It may not be the responsibility of the officer to talk with the coach and principal about your son's citation, but it is not illegal to do so.
I would suggest that you hire an attorney in your area to represent your son. The SROs are officers and whether that persoion should have said something to the coach or other school personnel is really not the issue - protect your child and hire a lawyer to confront the charges.
The arrest and charge are matters of public record. They could be printed in the local newspaper and could quite likely start appearing on your child's criminal history and background check. This could impact your child's eligibility for financial aid. It would be unwise to simply play the fine and move on. It would be much better to hire a local criminal defense attorney to seek a result that is makes your child eligible for an expunction. It may be more expensive as an upfront cost but it will pay off over time for not having a drug-related conviction.
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