As a college student, you have already encountered many new life experiences, and there are more to come. That also means there will be some mistakes. Most people accept that college students should have the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. Unfortunately, the law in Pennsylvania still regards some supposedly “harmless” mistakes as deserving of harsh punishment.
One of those big temptations on campuses like Penn State is marijuana. Whether just using it recreationally or to calm your nerves due to the stresses of class, pot is not hard to obtain for many students.
Marijuana Is Still Illegal In Pennsylvania
While many states have “decriminalized” possession of small amounts of marijuana or legalized it for sale and purchase, Pennsylvania has not. In Pennsylvania, possessing 30 grams or less is a misdemeanor offense. A conviction could mean up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. If you have more than 30 grams, that could mean up to a year in jail and $5,000 in fines.
Take These Charges As Seriously As Law Enforcement Does
While less serious than a felony charge, a misdemeanor conviction is anything but minor. A conviction will stay on your record for years, affecting your ability to get a job, housing and credit.
Additionally, a conviction could mean an investigation and hearing with the Penn State Office of Student Conduct. That means smoking a joint could eventually lead to expulsion from school, which will have a negative impact on many different aspects of your life.
If you are arrested, it is important to seek immediate assistance from an attorney to protect your rights and future. Your lawyer will examine the charges and help you determine the best way to proceed so you can stay in school and on the path to a productive future.