Q: My boyfriend's teenage son died about a yr ago in his sleep from what the coroner called a toxic combination of drugs...
My boyfriend was the only other person home. Can he be charged in the death of his own son? If so, would it be the state that presses charges? And what would the formal charges be? Could he possibly be convicted? I mean, it was his own son. I can't even imagine what he's going through.
A: This is an extremely unfortunate situation for this family. There are potentially a couple of criminal charges the father could face -- if the father provided the drugs to his son, the father could be charged with drug induced homicide. If the father was aware that his son was consuming drugs or had drugs, the potentially the father could be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor if the father with the intent to promote or facilitate the commission of an offense solicited, compelled or directed his in the commission of the offense. Both of these situations are fairly remote; however, the father truly should have an experienced attorney with him when questioned and interviewed by the police.
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