Drug crimes and financial aid

Drug crimes and financial aid

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 financial aid.

The Drug Policy Alliance is trying to get the amendment repealed.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 court system.

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.

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