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Drug Charges Can Affect Your Educational Opportunities

Drug Charges Can Affect Your Educational Opportunities

Make no mistake: drug charge –  or criminal charges of any kind – can affect your educational opportunities. Being charged with a drug-related offense may:


  • Prevent you from gaining admission to certain universities
  • Harm your candidacy for graduate and postgraduate programs
  • Result in suspension or expulsion from your current university
  • Result in the loss of scholarships, financial aid, or other education-related benefits


It’s in your interest to defend yourself from drug charges of any kind. A criminal defense attorney from Bruntrager & Billings, P.C., will lead your defense.


Drugs Charges That Can Jeopardize Your Educational Opportunities 


Missouri maintains a long list of drug-related offenses and laws. Any of the offenses listed in Missouri statutes can be harmful, including:


  • Drug possession
  • Drug trafficking or distribution
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Manufacturing or delivery of drugs


These are broad categories of drug offenses. You may face more specifically-worded charges. Our team can help you understand the details of the charges against you.


Will Your University Run a Background Check on You?


Universities may each have their own policies when it comes to criminal background checks. In general, though, schools must run background checks. The primary rationale for running criminal background checks on applicants and students may be the safety of the university community. 


If universities that you hope to gain admission to run a background check, your drug-related arrest may be held against you. 


The Effects of Drug Charges May Reach Well Beyond Your Education


Losing educational opportunities is a serious consequence. Many of your aspirations may be tied to your education. With a drug-related offense on your record, your path through university and to a fulfilling career may be disrupted.


You may face additional consequences from a criminal conviction. Legal sanctions for your pending charges may include:


  • Jail time
  • Prison time
  • Financial penalties
  • Probation
  • Revocation of your license


The loss of reputation that results from a criminal conviction may be most damaging. Any way you view it, it’s critical that you put forth a strong defense to criminal allegations.


You’re Facing Drug Charges: What Now?


If you’re facing drug charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney from our firm will gather all relevant information about your case. We will determine what the appropriate outcome for your case will be and advise you as much.


Some of our firm’s duties may include:


  • Seeking exculpatory evidence that can aid your defense
  • Communicating with the prosecutor in your case
  • Preparing you for a trial, if one occurs
  • Negotiating a plea agreement, if it is appropriate 
  • Organizing witnesses
  • Hiring experts
  • Making all other necessary case preparations


Our goal is to mitigate harm to your reputation. Every client has unique needs, and we must consider your personal circumstances.


Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a St. Louis Criminal Defense Attorney

The sooner you contact our firm, the sooner we may begin working on your defense. You can ask any questions that you have of us, including any concerns specific to your case. Our attorneys will fight to preserve your educational opportunities and ambitions.


Call Bruntrager & Billings, P.C. today at 314-646-0066 for your consultation. Many aspects of your future could be on the line. Don’t wait to get help.