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Could my child be expelled for possessing a controlled substance?

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2020 | criminal defense, Drug Charges

The amount of freedom that young adults have when they first go to college can be eye-opening. Being away from home might make them realize they are solely responsible for their actions. This realization could mold your child to become more accountable or it could cause them to rebel.

College students are known for experimenting with drugs, such as alcohol. However, some young adults might begin hanging out with the wrong crowd and delve into more dangerous illegal substances. This can lead to severe repercussions, both from the university and from law enforcement.

Disciplinary action from the college

Being caught by university law enforcement with an illegal substance can result in serious ramifications. Your child could be immediately expelled or suspended from the college. Additionally, if the school lets your child continue their education, it could revoke any financial aid. If you relied on financial assistance to send your child to college, this could impact their ability to stay in school.

Ramifications from law enforcement

After the university delivers its disciplinary measures, it could hand over the case to local law enforcement officials. If a North Carolina courts convicts your child of possession of a Schedule I substance, they could face the following consequences:

  • Up to five years in jail
  • Felony offense added to their record

If they receive a conviction for possession of a Schedule II substance, the penalties may include:

  • Up to two years in jail
  • Fines up to $2,000
  • Misdemeanor offense added to their record

All of these consequences could follow your child around for a long time. To help alleviate any potential penalties, you may want to get in touch with a criminal defense attorney.