For those in college, it’s common and even expected to go a little wild during spring break. Before you finish the academic year, complete with exams and final projects, you have a last chance to blow off a little steam and enjoy yourself. Spring break has become something of a major industry, with resorts, hotels and even whole towns advertising for a piece of the spring break traffic.
Whether you’re headed on a special trip with friends or staying on campus, you’ll have plenty of options for enjoying the week off without breaking the law. While many people equate fun and partying with consuming massive amounts of alcohol or mind-altering drugs, you can choose to pursue fun in a safer manner by hitting the beach, going out for food or dancing with friends at a party.
Drinking and drug use can put you and others at serious risk
Even before you explore the potential ramifications of getting caught with drugs (or alcohol for those under the age of 21), spring break partying is a dangerous choice. Drinking at large parties can lead people to consume far more alcohol than they should. There’s also the risk of someone drugging your drink to take advantage of you or rob you.
Street drugs can also be very dangerous. If you’re in a resort town or another country, like Mexico, you’ll have no way of knowing whom to trust. You could end up in jail across the border or extorted for thousands of dollars. You could also end up with contaminated substances that put your health at risk.
Drug possession charges can end your time in college
From a single joint rolled with marijuana to party pills or even someone else’s prescription medication, any controlled drug is a risk for college students. Beyond the potential for injury or even overdose in some cases, there’s legal and social repercussions to consider. This is especially true for students who remain on campus during spring break.
Anyone who gets caught in possession of drugs could face serious criminal charges. Even minor possession charges could have a serious negative impact on your studies. If you have an academic or athletic scholarship, there is probably a code of conduct that frowns on both drug use and criminal charges. You could lose your scholarship, even if you get caught by campus police.
If you plead guilty or get convicted, that could impact your enrollment in college. Your school may rescind your admission for drug convictions. Even if they don’t, you will lose your federal student aid once you’re convicted. There is no gray area here. The federal application for student aid specifically asks about drug offenses and precludes financial aid for anyone who answers affirmatively. For those in college facing drug charges, a criminal defense is often the best way to protect any potential academic future.