Can a Marijuana Conviction in Texas Impact Financial Aid for College?

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By Dallas and Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal

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Yes.  Here is a great article I found recently on the topic which discusses some of the far reaching collateral consequences of marijuana convictions all across the country.  Collateral consequences of convictions range from eligibility to be a foster or adoptive parent, gun ownership eligibility, or difficulty in receiving federal financial aid.

The article points out that under 20 U.S.C. 1091(r), a student that is convicted under federal or state law is not eligible for federal financial aid for 1 year for a first conviction, two years for a second conviction, or an indefinite period for a third conviction.

Keep in mind that under Texas law, deferred adjudication means that a person is not convicted.  Although, some federal agencies do not recognize deferred adjudication (such as in immigration proceedings for example).

Before accepting a deferred adjudication…

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