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The consequences of a college drug bust

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2020 | Drugs |

Your college-aged son is in trouble. He has been accused of selling illicit and prescription drugs on campus. Whether it is a large or small operation as a student drug dealer, the consequences your son faces are extreme.

His life on campus may come to an immediate end, and his life as a prison inmate becomes a possibility. He may face a number of charges such as possession, distribution and manufacturing of drugs or even manslaughter, if a fellow student dies from a fatal overdose.

Expulsion, loss of financial aid and imprisonment

Some parents may be surprised by the availability of illegal drugs on campus as well as their extensive use by students. Marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and hallucinogens such as magic mushrooms and LSD have been mainstays on campus for years.

Coming into the campus scene, too, have been opioids — the pain-killing prescription drugs such as fentanyl and codeine. Stimulants, too, have gained popularity in the forms of the prescription drugs Adderall and Ritalin, cited as preferred sources for all-night study and party ventures.

If you discover that your adult child has been arrested on drug charges on campus, here are some punishments he or she faces:

  • The loss of campus housing such as dormitories or student apartments
  • Barred from campus-related activities
  • The loss of much-needed scholarships
  • Losing athletic eligibility
  • Becoming ineligible for federal financial aid
  • Rejected from graduate school
  • Suspended or expelled from the college
  • If charged in criminal court: incarceration, probation and steep fines

This has proven to be a difficult time for your family. Now it is crucial for you to seek legal guidance from a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, who can help determine the best options.