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By Your Side When A Drug Charge Puts Your Financial Aid At Risk

As the cost of college tuition continues to rise, more students rely on federal financial aid to cover costs and earn their degree. If you have been charged and convicted with drug possession, however, even a misdemeanor conviction can jeopardize your eligibility for federal loans.

Now is not the time to handle this matter alone. I am criminal defense lawyer Mark B. Arthur, and I am ready to help you during this difficult time. For over a decade, I have successfully represented college students and others charged with drug violations in Lynchburg and the surrounding communities. I never forget what’s at stake when I take a case and will explore all options to secure a favorable solution.

What You Need To Know About FAFSA And Drug Convictions

Pleading guilty to a misdemeanor offense may appear to be the best solution for this relatively minor matter until you consider the consequences. Although the court may require that you only pay a fine for this offense, you may become ineligible to receive federal loans. The length of this suspension will depend on how many drug convictions you have received and the type of drug conviction on your record.

Students convicted of possessing illegal drugs are ineligible for aid:

  • For a year after their first conviction
  • For two years after their second conviction
  • For an indefinite amount of time after the third violation

Students convicted of selling illegal drugs are suspended from receiving federal aid:

  • For two years after their first conviction
  • For an indefinite amount of time after their second and subsequent convictions

When you hire me, I will act quickly to minimize the impact this issue has on your eligibility. I will scrutinize the evidence submitted by the police and review your arrest report to ensure that there were no lapses in protocols.

As a former prosecutor, I know how the other side thinks. When I meet with the prosecuting attorney, I use this perspective to secure favorable outcomes. I am committed to fighting the charges in a trial so that you can remain eligible for school loans and earn your degree without prolonged legal conflict.

Get Skilled Representation Today

You can easily reach my law office online or over the phone at 434-338-7028. I offer free initial consultations for all criminal defense matters for Virginia residents and out-of-state students and their parents. Contact me today.