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Chicago College Drugs Attorney
When you attend a college or university, you are subject to the rules and regulations in the college code of conduct. Though rules may differ from school to school, almost every code has strict rules regarding illegal drugs, which can include steroids, prescription drugs, narcotics, and more. Rules often address the use, possession, distribution, and manufacture of drugs and set out strict penalties if you are found to be in violation. If you are facing accusations of drug offenses, you have a significant amount on the line, including your future educational and employment opportunities.
If your school decides that you committed a drug-related violation of the code of conduct, the administration may implement the following penalties:
- Formal reprimand
- Mandatory substance abuse evaluation or treatment
- Disciplinary probation
- Loss of housing or financial aid
In addition to these immediate-term consequences, having a drug violation on your college record can affect your ability to get accepted into future educational programs or to obtain federal loans.
Even if the alleged drug offense occurred off-campus, law enforcement may report the incident to your college or university, which can then initiate its own investigation and case against you. Conversely—and often more concerning—a collegiate case involving drugs may trigger criminal charges issued by the state. Often college administrators work with local law enforcement to provide evidence of drug offenses, which can aid in prosecution.
Prosecutors can also issue subpoenas to obtain information from any school investigation or disciplinary hearing. A criminal conviction can mean fines, probation, jail time, and having a conviction on your criminal record. Such a conviction can substantially harm your ability to secure employment or even to travel in the future.
Protect Your Future
In drug-related college investigations and accusations, you are not without certain legal rights. A skilled attorney familiar with the collegiate disciplinary system can identify your options and can present evidence to defend against your allegations. Not only can a successful defense result in the consequences you face being reduced or the accusations against you being dropped, but may also prevent your school administration from reporting the suspected drug possession, distribution, or manufacture to local law enforcement officers.
Chicago College Drugs Attorney
The Law Office of William Carlos Weeden is a zealous advocate to clients facing Campus Disciplinary Proceedings and Title IX hearings. We will provide you with competent advice and communicate with you every step of the way throughout the disciplinary process, and will tirelessly defend your rights.
William Carlos Weeden is licensed to practice law in Illinois. Your school cannot prevent you from selecting the advisor of your choice, including an attorney or other professional. Outside of Illinois, Mr. Weeden’s assistance is educational advice, and does not constitute legal advice or the practice of law.
Call the Law Office of William Carlos Weeden today at (773)693-1060 for a confidential initial consultation at no cost.
Law Office of William Carlos Weeden
The information on this website has been provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship or warrant that a certain result will be attained in a specific case. The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and the certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois. We encourage you to contact us or another legal professional for advice regarding your individual situation.