Preparing to attend or return to college is always exciting, but you need to be sure to stay safe while you’re there. If you’re a student at an institution of higher learning in Missouri and are arrested for violating a criminal law related to drugs, it can impact your chances for success.
What Are the Consequences for College Students Charged With Drug Crimes in Missouri?
1. Suspension or Expulsion
Missouri colleges prohibit students and employees from using or distributing illicit drugs on college property or in any campus activities. If you are charged with possessing, using, or selling drugs illegally, you might be suspended or expelled from college. If you are an employee or a student with an on-campus job, you also may lose your job.
2. Driver’s License Revocation
Under the Abuse and Lose Law, operating a motor vehicle while possessing or using illegal drugs can lead to a 90-day driver’s license revocation if you’re under 21 years old. Without a driver’s license, you might have difficulty commuting to your community college or trade school. You also will face a one-year license suspension for a second or subsequent offense.
3. Disqualification for Financial Aid
If you are convicted for violating federal or state drug-related criminal laws while enrolled as a student, you might no longer be eligible for federal financial aid. You can also lose your Title IV federal funds such as Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, and Stafford Loans.
4. Jail Time and Fines
If you’re convicted for state or federal drug offenses, you will likely face jail time and fines. Attempting to grow, manufacture or produce a controlled substance such as marijuana or methamphetamine within 2,000 feet from a school or college is a class B felony that carries a penalty of 5 to 15 years in prison.
If you or a loved one are facing criminal law charges related to drug possession, sale, or use while in college, The Law Office of Christopher J. Swatosh can help. Located in Ava, MO, and serving all of Douglas County, family and criminal law attorney Swatosh has 20 years of criminal law experience representing college students in the criminal justice system. Call (417) 683-2987 to schedule a consultation with this skilled defense attorney today.