When most people think about a drug conviction, they probably think about
someone who has spent time in jail, maybe placed on probation and who
has had to pay some fines. While all this could be true, in many cases,
the loss of financial aid for attending college can be just as devastating
as the above-listed penalties.
In 1998, Rep. Mark Souder authored an amendment to the Higher Education
Act of 1968 that denies any financial aid at the federal level to a student
who has been convicted of a drug offense. Student loans become unavailable
to students, which can have a more significant effect on those students
who are at a disadvantage economically than those who don’t use
The Drug Policy Alliance is trying to get the amendment repealed. They
want to students to be able to have access to financial aid so they can
begin or continue their education.
As you can see, a
drug conviction can cause more harm than just criminal court penalties. It is very important
that students consider all of the risks of a drug conviction. At The Law
Offices of James E Crawford Jr & Associates LLC, we can review the
facts of a student’s case and determine how to proceed that will
limit the criminal court penalties as well as penalties outside of the
Because this kind of charge can truly have an immense impact on someone’s
job, family and friends, as well as his or her future, it’s critical
that legal help be sought as soon as possible. To learn more about drug
crimes and their possible penalties, please visit our webpage on the subject.