According to authorities with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Department, a 35-year-old woman who was working as a substitute teacher was charged after she allegedly sold marijuana to two middle school students. The woman was taken into custody on Dec. 8.

Officers report that the two middle school students admitted to smoking the drugs that they allegedly purchased from the teacher and said that they became ill. After the students’ reports, deputies with the Sheriff’s Departments arranged to buy marijuana from the teacher.

The woman was taken into custody and booked into the Hendry County Jail. She was charged with numerous offenses, including possession of a synthetic drug with intent to sell it near a school, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell it within 1,000 feet of a school and others. She is facing a total of 12 felony and misdemeanor counts.

People who are facing drug charges may be severely penalized if they are convicted of the offenses. When the alleged drug crimes include accusations of sales within close proximity to a school, the penalties may be even more severe. People may face years in prison and substantial fines. Even after a defendant has discharged his or her sentence, drug convictions may cause permanent problems with finding housing or employment.

When people are charged, they might benefit by getting help from experienced criminal defense lawyers to handle their drug cases. Attorneys may be able to secure favorable dispositions of the charges for their clients. In some cases, they might be able to secure alternative sentences that avoid incarceration or win dismissal of the charges against their clients.