San Marcos Drug Violation Attorney
Understanding the Drug-Free Schools & Communities Act
Many schools, colleges, and universities in the San Marcos area strictly enforce codes of conduct. Because of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, all schools and institutions of higher education are required to implement a program that prevents the possession, use, and abuse of drugs and alcohol by students on campus.
Being enrolled in a university is a great privilege, and your school will enforce a professional code of conduct. As a student and representative of the university that you attend, you will be expected to comply with your school's code.
Types of Drug Violations
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Even if you were not using drugs, you could be facing serious penalties if you are caught in possession of drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia can include baggies, scales, bongs, papers, pipes, syringes, joints, and other items.
Possession or Consumption of Marijuana
Students are prohibited from using or possessing marijuana on campus. Your consequences may be enhanced depending on prior violations, the amount of marijuana you are found to be in possession of, or other factors.
Possession of Non-Prescribed Pills
If you are found to be in possession of prescription pills that were not originally prescribed to you, you could be penalized with serious consequences. Your penalties may be enhanced depending on the amount and type of pills.
Possession or Use of Illegal Drugs or Narcotics
Using or possessing any narcotic of any amount is prohibited. Possession or consumption of any amount of illegal drugs and narcotics can result in severe penalties.
Sale / Distribution or Manufacturing of Illicit Drugs
If you are found to be selling, manufacturing, or distributing narcotics, depressants, or hallucinogens, you could be facing disciplinary action and criminal penalties as well.
Penalties Associated with Drug Violations
If you have been accused of violating a code of conduct at your school by using, possessing, selling, distributing, or manufacturing drugs, it will be important to discuss your case with an attorney.
You could be facing sanctions from your school, such as:
- Completion of a drug education class
- Community service
- Parent notification
- Deferred expulsion
Make certain that you avoid the worst possible penalties. Not only could you be facing serious sanctions from your university or college, but you could also be penalized under the law. In some cases, mandatory jail time may be imposed, even for first-time convictions.
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You could have many defenses available to you, so contact my firm today. I would be happy to meet with you over the phone or in person to discuss how I can protect your rights.