A conviction for even misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Texas carries with it several consequences of which you may be unaware. The hidden consequences will be found nowhere in a plea agreement or judgment of conviction, but may nevertheless affect your life negatively.
1. Federal Student Loan Aid
Congress established law, codified at 20 U.S.C. section 1091 that prohibits students convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance, from receiving any grant, loan, or work assistance for:
One year for the first offense.
Two years for the second offense
Indefinitely for the third offense.
For the above limitation to apply, the convicted person must have committed the crime while enrolled and while receiving Federal student aid.
2. Driver’s license suspension
Upon conviction for possession of a controlled substance, a person’s driver license will be suspended for a minimum of 180 days. In order to continue driving the person will have to obtain an occupational driver’s license and complete a drug offender education program. In fact, the law sets forth that the license suspension will continue until the Drug Offender Education Program is completed.
If you or a friend or loved one are facing a charge of possession of marijuana in Collin County, Texas please be aware that there may be additional consequences above and beyond those imposed by the court. An attorney can help avoid the harsh consequences or advise the client how to minimize the impact of the consequences.