When College Students Need Criminal Defense To Stay In School And Keep A Clean Record

Criminal defense for college students is, in some ways, virtually the same as criminal defense of working adults or anyone. The criminal charges have the same labels. A criminal record is just as damaging for a 30-year-old, a 40-year-old or a 50-year-old as it is for a 20-year-old university or college student. The same courts, judges and juries are part of the equation for a defendant of any age in a criminal case.

Unique Considerations For College Students Facing Criminal Charges

Circumstantially, however, college students' personal situations, typical criminal charges and potential penalties present special issues, such as:

Age, in some cases: Many 18- to 20-year-olds are living away from their parents for the first time. Young people in this age range are legally adult in many ways, but the law forbids them from possessing or consuming alcohol. Underage drinking and underage DUI/DWI charges are a hazard for many college students who face many temptations to blend in and drink beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages along with their 21-year-old peers. A DUI/DWI conviction for a college student many result in loss of driving privileges until after age 21.

Opportunity: SUNY and other college students often live in group housing: in dormitories, rental houses containing large groups of students, fraternities and other arrangements. If a housemate possesses or is distributing marijuana, someone not involved may nonetheless be caught up in a drug bust. Allegations of conspiracy are not uncommon in such circumstances. Accusations of sexual assault are also common in such environments, especially when alcohol is involved.

Scope of ramifications: A college student charged with a crime or convicted of a crime often faces trouble on multiple levels. He or she may be disqualified for federally funded financial aid or student loans the following school year. A college student may lose sports scholarships, other scholarships and possibly, good standing with his or her institution of higher learning.

Family involvement: College students often lack financial resources to pay legal defense fees. Getting Mom and Dad involved may be a necessity. Working with a lawyer whom parents will trust can make a great difference overall.

I Am Oswego, New York, Defense Attorney Timothy J. Kirwan, With Ample Experience Representing SUNY And Other College Students

My calm, no-nonsense, practical approach to criminal defense appeals to many college students and their parents. I have a strong track record of favorable outcome for young people facing criminal charges. Call me at 315-326-1369 or send an email to request a consultation and learn how I can help.