Tampa College Student Defense Attorney
There are few times in life when a person’s future is more at stake than at college. And, unfortunately, it is also a time when a young mind is still developing, prone to peer pressure, and willing to take irrational risks in the pursuit of excitement or reward. College is a time of not only learning a future profession, but also how to act in the world. Many kids get off on the wrong foot in college early on, living up their newfound freedom to unhealthy levels. Often, college students may begin attending too many parties, missing out on precious study time, and subsequently doing worse and worse in tests, leading to the perceived notion that they have to cheat to catch up. They may have worked hard for years to get where they currently are, but it can all be taken away in just one bad choice. Whether they got behind the wheel when they should not have, were caught with drugs or alcohol in the dorm room, plagiarized a paper, or were in a fist fight on campus, they need professional legal help immediately.
When it comes to allegations made against a college student, it is vital to get legal support early. Indeed, cases that violate a college’s code of conduct can be handled and charges passed down by the administration at a rapid rate and it is essential to be prepared before the proceedings occur. Also, if a student is mid-semester, having a lawyer who works quickly and quietly behind the scenes can help leave the student to their studies, uninterrupted. A stressful criminal case or code of misconduct case can seriously impact a student’s grades and future at school, even if they are later declared innocent of all charges. One of our utmost concerns is diminishing the stressors surrounding an unpleasant situation and encouraging the student to continue submerging themselves in their school work and normal daily life. If you have been charged with an offense, or your college student child has been charged, contact an experienced Tampa college student defense attorney today.
Codes of Conduct Vary Depending on the School, as do Penalties
While cheating won’t likely be charged as a criminal offense in any situation, there are some types of school codes that, if violated, could also be tried as a state or federal offense. Furthermore, two students who face the same allegations but attend separate schools are going to face different codes of conduct.
Examples of serious allegations that could be made against a student that may lead to expulsion, heavy fines, or jail/prison time include:
- Sexual assault;
- Underage drinking;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and
- Drug use, drug possession, or drug distribution/sales.
Do not attempt to handle this situation alone with the school. Sexual battery, a first degree felony under Florida statute 921.124, involves up to a 30 year stint in prison. Possessing just a few grams of marijuana constitutes a first degree misdemeanor under statute 893.13 and can lead to expulsion and even up to to a year in jail. Contact us today at 877-767-1032 to discuss the allegations and your options with one of our experienced Tampa college student defense attorneys as soon as you can. Our Tampa attorneys at Roman & Roman are eager to help you today.