Attending college is difficult enough without having to contend with legal problems, as well. When young adults go away to college, they often find themselves involved with the criminal justice system for the first time, which is not likely to be a pleasant experience. This can be a stressful, confusing, and scary time for students and their parents, who often live hours or even states away.
College students may face the same sort of criminal charges as any other individual, but there are some criminal offenses that are more common among college students than others. Some of the more typical criminal charges that students may be facing include:
· Underage possession and consumption of alcohol
· Unlawfully providing alcohol to minors
· Illegal drug possession
· Resisting arrest
While some of these offenses may be relatively minor, particularly for first-time offenders, college students can face some repercussions that other adults may not face. Even if students are arrested, but never charged with a criminal offense, students may face disciplinary proceedings at their college or university. The conduct code violation process is very different from criminal proceedings. There are no rules of evidence or restrictions on what kind of information or evidence can support a student conduct policy violation.
Furthermore, the consequences of college disciplinary proceedings may be severe. A student could face probation, lose privileges, or even be suspended or expelled in extreme circumstances. Plus, the incident will be placed in the student’s records, which can have an adverse effect on graduate school admissions and potential employers. In addition to obtaining strong legal representation in any pending criminal charges, a student also needs assistance in minimizing the impact of any school proceedings to the greatest extent possible. This step can be essential for securing a student’s future goals and career.
If you or a family member is facing any type of criminal charges, we may be able to help. As experienced Texas criminal defense attorneys, we have the knowledge needed to help you navigate through often-complex criminal proceedings. Call us today at (512) 474-4445 and schedule an appointment with one of our criminal defense lawyers and learn how we can assist you.