On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Drug Charges on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A young boy remains in the hospital after a house fire in one Kentucky town. After finding what authorities claim to be a marijuana growing operation in the home, the boy’s aunt is now facing drug charges.

The fire happened earlier this month. When fire officials arrived at the home, they found the 12-year-old boy outside the home with burns on his body. He was flown to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to be treated for his burns.

Fire officials say when they entered the burning home they found a room with 17 marijuana plants. They allegedly found other equipment, such as lights, rolling papers and a pipe.

The boy’s aunt has been charged with cultivating marijuana, drug trafficking near a school and possession of drug paraphernalia. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At this time, investigators aren’t sure what caused the house to start on fire.

Drug charges are serious. Those convicted can face serious consequences. In addition to fines, people may even face time in prison.

Although the woman in this case has been charged with various drug crimes, she may not be guilty of the crimes. She may find working with an experienced criminal defense attorney to be very valuable.

Kentucky residents who find themselves in a similar situation should also consider working with a criminal defense attorney. An attorney can investigate the evidence, and work to provide a compelling defense against the charges. They can also work to protect the rights of an individual to be sure someone facing serious drug charges is treated fairly.

Source: WDRB, “12-year-old remains critical after fire; aunt arraigned on drug charges,” Dec. 27, 2011