A conviction for drug possession can have a serious impact on anyone’s life, but it is especially detrimental for students. Drug possession is a legitimate reason for expulsion from most schools, and the possession of any amount of marijuana or even legal medications, such as Xanax, Percocet and oxycodone, without a prescription, can result in a conviction that prevents you from landing future employment or being accepted into other educational programs or the military. If arrested for drug possession while a student at a Philadelphia college or university, you will face disciplinary action from the school as well as criminal prosecution. If a conviction can be avoided, that may assist in lessening any drastic disciplinary action such as suspension or complete expulsion from school. A student should not consent to a search of their dorm room or apartment or provide any statements to school officials or police.
Attorney Fishman has represented many students from local universities that were charged with drug possession and has successfully petitioned to have them entered into diversion programs, such as ARD or AMP, where they never face trial and avoid a conviction by complying with certain pre-trial conditions such as attending classes, paying fines and costs, completing community service or attending drug and alcohol treatment. It is a call no student wants to make to their parents. But, Brian M. Fishman has helped many families through this difficult time.