With the smoking of marijuana on college campuses at its highest level in 35 years, more students are at risk of being caught and charged. These students face more than just criminal charges, which can be severe in themselves. Many also face discipline at the college or university they attend. These college discipline proceedings can result in the loss of scholarships and other forms of financial aid, or they may even be expelled from school.
Many schools have Greek systems that will be having parties for Mardi Gras, spring break, and more. During those times, the alcohol and drug use can really increase. So do campus patrols looking for this type of behavior - which leads to more drugs arrests. If you are a college student who has been arrested for possession or distribution of marijuana, you may not be sure what to do next. The first step is to contact a good lawyer - one who will aggressively fight your criminal charges and defend you during college discipline proceedings.
Through negotiation, your lawyer may be able to get your charges dropped or reduced. If that is not possible, then you will have to go to court. While your criminal charges and school discipline are not dependent on each other, they are interrelated. The more serious your criminal charge, the more serious the discipline at your school, and vice versa.
A drug conviction can also have a serious impact on your life post-college. If you are planning on applying to graduate school or want to get a government job, a drug conviction will make that hard, if not impossible.
The best way to prevent a mistake from limiting your education and career goals is to contact a good criminal defense attorney.