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3 ways a Florida drug charge can harm a college student

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Parents expect their children to learn a few lessons the hard way when they move off to college. Young adults who no longer have the constant supervision of parents to guide their daily behavior may engage in reckless actions or at least make some very questionable decisions in their first months away at school.

Such experimental and rebellious behavior is normal and can be productive to a certain degree. It helps a young adult better learn who they are as a person and can help them establish relationships with their peers at college. Unfortunately, some young adults will take things too far.

They will try illegal drugs on campus and get caught while in possession or under the influence of a prohibited or controlled substance. There are many reasons why parents would want to help their college students defend against drug charges, including the three very real concerns below.

  1. Convictions can affect enrollment

Many colleges and universities, as well as some trade schools, have student handbooks with rules related to criminal activity. While they may enroll a student with a prior conviction, a very recent conviction at the time of application might lead to rejection.

Someone convicted of a crime while enrolled, especially if that crime occurred on school property, could very well face a disciplinary hearing at the school that could result in the loss of their enrollment.

  1. Convicted students could lose financial aid

Students typically have to report convictions when they fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While answering yes to having a conviction for a drug offense in particular is less serious than in decades past, it can still cause eligibility issues.

Students will typically become ineligible for federal student aid for a year after a drug conviction. Many private scholarship organizations will also have ethics or morality clauses that allow them to rescind an award previously granted to someone who gets convicted of a crime.

  1. A criminal record leads to difficulty securing a job

Going to college isn’t just about socializing and broadening someone’s horizons. It is about networking and securing and education so that one can achieve professional success later in life. The stigma of a drug conviction while at college might cut someone off from many of their most ambitious peers.

Even if it does not, they can count on having challenges when they apply for work after college, even if they only seek out unpaid internships. A criminal record related to drug charges will hold someone back for the rest of their life.

Helping your student fight back against drug charges can help them protect their future.