If my son is convicted of a misdemeanor involving drugs can he still teach?
04/03/2007 - Criminal - State: OH #2576
My son is a 1st year college student working towards a degree in education. He was out with, what I would call, the wrong crowd one night. After getting pulled over the police retrieved from under the seat of the car where my son was sitting a bag with about $10.00 worth of marijuana. My son confessed to the officer that this was indeed his. He obviously now has a court date. My first question is can he be convicted of a misdemeanor involving marijuana and still teach? My second question is, can this charge possibly be reduced to a disorderly conduct or anything else and can he still teach with such charge?
In Ohio, possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana is a citable offense only, with a fine of $100. The state has decriminalized marijuana to some degree. Typically, decriminalization means no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of a small amount for personal consumption. The conduct is treated like a minor traffic violation. A minor misdemeanor does not create a criminal record in Ohio. However, we still would advise you to retain an attorney to represent your son at his court date.
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04/03/2007 - Category: Criminal - State: OH #2576
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