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Will my marijuana misdemeanor have an effect on college?

During the four or so years of college, many students end up experiencing a wide variety of life lessons. Although college students have significant experience with consequences, they become more serious after the age of 18.

One of the biggest life lessons learned during college surrounds marijuana possession.

Although many states in the U.S. have legalized marijuana, it is still illegal in most states, and of course, on a federal level. If you have marijuana in Texas and are caught, you can expect serious punishment and a ripple-effect of consequences. The laws regarding marijuana possession in Texas are among the toughest in the U.S., so it is important to stay informed and be prepared to mount a legal defense should charges be filed.

Texas marijuana laws

  • 2 ounces or less. Possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana is eligible for a Class B misdemeanor
  • 2 to 4 ounces. Possession of 2 to 4 ounces of marijuana is eligible for a Class A misdemeanor and up to one year in jail as well as fines up to $4,000.
  • 4 or more ounces. Possession of 4 or more ounces of marijuana, could lead to felony charges. The penalty will depend on the amount and circumstances.

How a misdemeanor can affect college

Because misdemeanors are a matter of public record, an off-campus charge may come to the attention of college officials. Additionally, if court appearances or jail time occur during the academic year, you may have no choice but to notify the college of your situation. Should the college find out, consequences may include:

  • Unexcused absences
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Loss of athletic scholarship
  • Loss of academic scholarship
  • Loss of financial aid
  • Dropping out due to lost funds

A misdemeanor charge is a very real threat to a person's present and future. Regardless of circumstance, it is in your best interest to aggressively fight the charges.

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