Clearwater College Student Defense Attorney
When it comes to criminal or university disciplinary hearings, the most important thing for a college student to worry about is their classwork. All too often, the charges themselves are of less consequence than the toll they take on a student’s performance in the classroom. Whether the alleged offense is underage drinking, assault, or cheating on an assignment, we work behind the scenes to ensure that the student’s primary focus remains on education and not on the legal or disciplinary proceedings. Because of this, our clients are more able to return to normal life without these troubling times ruining their chances at a quality education and rewarding college experience. If you have been charged with an offense, or your college student child has been charged, contact an experienced Clearwater College student defense attorney today. You have the right to have an attorney present not only in a court of law, but also in disciplinary hearings. Your attorney may not be allowed to speak in front of such a panel, but will guide you through the process beforehand and can offer invaluable advice during the hearings. We will help ensure your future at your university, no matter the allegations being put forth against you.
Typical Charges and Offenses of College Students
The following are some of the most typical offenses committed and brought against college students, and are offenses that can often lead to residential relocation, restitution, transcript demerits, other negative documentation on educational records, suspension, or expulsion. However, some of the below charges, such as drug possession, can also be classified as misdemeanors or even felonies, which result in large fines and jail or prison time.
- Cheating on exams;
- Illegal P2P file sharing (Depending on the amount of works illegally downloaded or uploaded, copyright infringement is a federal crime with punishments of up to five years in prison and fines of $250,000 per offense, according to Cornell Law);
- Smaller quantities of drugs or alcohol present in dorm room;
- Drug possession in general;
- Underage drinking;
- Graffiti or other types of property damage;
- Harassment of other students or staff; and
- Petit theft (theft of property less than $300, according to Florida statute 812.014)
More serious crimes that college students are charged with can not only involve expulsion, but time behind bars. The following crimes are punished as felonies, and can prove to be life-changing events even when the defendant is found not guilty or the penalties are drastically reduced.
- Grand theft;
- DUI resulting in serious bodily injury or death of another;
- Sale of drugs or possession with intent to sell;
- Child pornography;
- Assault with a deadly weapon; and
- Sexual battery (rape).
While we represent all types of offenses, including fraud, identity theft, kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, and robbery, the aforementioned are the most frequent types of charges brought against college students. No matter the charges being brought against you or your son or daughter, it is in your best interest to talk to an experienced Clearwater College Student Defense Attorney before taking on this problem alone. Call Roman & Roman in Clearwater today at 877-767-1032.