Can a Drug Conviction in Texas Impact Financial Aid for College?

March 19, 2011

By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal

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Yes.  Here is a great article I found recently on the topic which discusses some of the far reaching collateral consequences of marijuana convictions all across the country.  Collateral consequences of convictions range from eligibility to be a foster or adoptive parent, gun ownership eligibility, or difficulty in receiving federal financial aid.

The article points out that under 20 U.S.C. 1091(r), a student that is convicted under federal or state law is not eligible for federal financial aid for 1 year for a first conviction, two years for a second conviction, or an indefinite period for a third conviction.

Keep in mind that under Texas law, deferred adjudication means that a person is not convicted.  Although, some federal agencies do not recognize deferred adjudication (such as in immigration proceedings for example).

Before accepting a deferred adjudication or conviction for marijuana offenses, be sure you have been thoroughly advised by your attorney.

*Jeremy F. Rosenthal is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Texas.  Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice.  For legal advice about any specific situation, you should contact an attorney directly.