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LSU Student Arrested for Drug Possession

Almost every college student knows people that do drugs; with the legalization of marijuana in so many states, it’s easier to come by and more widely accepted by the public. 12—15% of people aged 18-25 use marijuana regularly in Louisiana, and likely many more use it occasionally. Louisiana recently legalized medical marijuana usage for citizens who obtain a credible prescription by a licensed professional. This has, of course, increased the numbers by principal, but also by association; meaning, it has become much, much easier to obtain by those who use it recreationally.

Cocaine, heroin, and LSD usage is prevalent on college campuses; approximately 36% of college students report being offered cocaine at least once during their first four years of college. Heroin and LSD usage and prevalence were reported to be much lower, but still present in a significant amount.

Amphetamine usage is also at an all-time high among college students. Drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse are very common “study drugs,” used to “increase focus.” These drugs are legal with a prescription, but the usage extends far beyond those using it for their intended purpose.

The point is, substance abuse has a significant presence at all college campuses, including LSU. It can be hard to resist the temptation to use drugs—they are at practically every college house party and bar. However, getting a drug charge on your record incurs several negative impacts on your financial and professional career; but the impact on your academic career is maybe the most important of all.

What are the rules?

The LSU Code of Conduct regulates which actions are prohibited by the school. Usage, possession, public intoxication, distribution, and sharing of drugs is strictly prohibited, and is classified as “Behavioral Misconduct.” Any student or RSO that violates the Code on campus, at an LSU-sponsored event, and/or when they are representing LSU is liable to be punished. Even if the conduct is off-campus and  “significantly affects” your academic career, you could also be punished by LSU.

What happens after you get caught?

After a drug charge is filed against you, regardless of any civil or criminal proceedings taken, LSU will send a Letter of Notification explaining your charge and the specific consequences it may incur. There, the school will notify you of your options on how to proceed with the consequences. You will be required to attend an Accountability Hearing with a school official that will hear your case and decide the severity of your punishments. If these punishments seem unjustified or to strict, you have the option to have your case appealed and sent to a board of officials who will decide the outcome of your case.

The initial Accountability Hearing includes a reading of student rights, a bout of questioning, potential summoning and questioning of Material Observers, a presentation of documents related to the case, and a statement of the final outcome and consequences.

What are some of the punishments?

Disciplinary action could include, but is not limited to, disciplinary probation, suspension, restriction of school privileges, or expulsion. Students who live on campus may have the rights to on-campus student housing stripped from them. Access to school facilities such as the UREC may be denied for a particular amount of time. Additionally, students who are on disciplinary probation may not participate in intramural sports or take positions of leadership in student-led organizations until the probational period is completed.

Additionally, the charged student may be required to take online drug-information courses or perform community service, or even see a psychological counselor that will discuss drug usage and addiction with the student.

Do I need to get a lawyer for a hearing?

A lawyer is not required for representation at school hearings, but at least scheduling a consultation is recommended to make sure your rights are respected and the punishments incurred during the process are justified. During the initial Accountability Hearing, the charged student is given the right to have an Advisor present, which could certainly include an attorney. The Advisor may not act as a spokesperson, or even directly address the school official giving the hearing, but may advise and counsel the charged student on specific word usage and restrictions on verbally released information.

Lawyer for LSU Students

Carl Barkemeyer wrote the book on How to Defend Drug Charges in Louisiana.  Download a copy to learn more about the criminal process and drug defenses in Louisiana.

Attorney Carl Barkemeyer is a professional, communicative criminal attorney who has helped hundreds of clients through proceedings with drug charges to assure that they were given a fair shake. He is a defense attorney hired by students and non-students for aid in fighting criminal charges against his clients. Feel free to contact us.

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