Sunday, June 13, 2010

How a Class B Misdemeanor Affects Students

Any class B misdemeanor charge can affect their current lifestyle, plans for the future, and career level prospects.

Many students are not aware that a conviction for the sale or the drugs on their person can lead to some harsh collateral consequences.

When President Clinton had signed the legislation that had amended the Higher Education Act (H.R. 6) which stated that "A student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any federal grant, loan, or work study program." It was amended in 2006 in an effort to block the eligibility for a Federal financial aid only if and when the offense said occurred during the period of time when the student was receiving the aid.
Did you know that there is a controlling law of 20 U.S.C. section 1091 (r) (1) which suspends all eligibility for any type of federal grant, federal loan, or a federal work study that provides financial assistance for students that have been convicted of any offense under State or Federal law that involves the possession or sale of any controlled substance.

To many people, the use of marijuana is ubiquitous. Cannabis is not considered to most people as a controlled substance or an illegal drug. So many "head" shops in the United States sell paraphernalia such as: pipes, bongs, and other smoking tools.

One extremely important note to any college student is the fact that if facing a conviction for the Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, will positively result in a period of ineligibility for any and all Federal financial aid. Steer clear of convictions and a “simple” class B misdemeanor.

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