Cannabis Convictions & Student Loans
Skilled Drug Offense Attorney in Arlington Heights and the Surrounding
While Governor Bruce Rauner decriminalized small amounts of marijuana possession
late last year, possessing any amount of marijuana can still lead to a
citation and a fine in civil court. However, there are additional penalties
high school and college students may not consider when they decide to
try using cannabis.
If you’ve been accused of marijuana possession and rely on student
loans for funding, it’s vital you contact an
experienced Arlington Heights criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Talk to us about your case today. Call 312-702-0878 or fill out our online
form with information about your situation.
Aside from the financial aspect of a possession conviction, a record of
cannabis possession can be extremely detrimental to your federal funding.
If you already depending on federal funding, you may not be able to get
any financial assistance with a cannabis charge on your record. Despite
some states now decriminalizing marijuana, federal law still regards it
as a highly dangerous controlled substance. Because of this, possession,
conspiring to sell illegal drugs, and selling illegal drugs can disqualify
you from receiving federal student aid grants and loans. However, these
convictions usually count against a student for financial aid purposes
if they happened at a time when a students were already receiving the
financial aid. The only exception to this is trafficking. If you are convicted
of drug trafficking, a state or federal judge can explicitly deny you
certain federal benefits, such as financial aid.
While a single conviction under drug offense could have led to immediate
and permanent ineligibility for federal student aid, as of 2009, the rule
has become a more lenient one. The penalties become significantly higher
for first, second, and third offenses, the last leading to permanent ineligibility
for federal funding.
Hire an Experienced Attorney Today
It’s never been more important to obtain a college education. Today’s
market demands at least a bachelor’s degree to begin a career with
a decent salary. If you’re facing a drug charge and need federal
funding to keep your education going, it’s imperative to hire a
skilled drug offenses attorney to defend you. Our team at Ahmad Law Firm is dedicated to providing outstanding
legal representation for people in need. Let us use our skills to ensure
a brighter future for you.
today at 312-702-0878 or fill out our online form. We are available 24/7
to answer your call.