A. Yes, this can happen to your child . Every day a child (young adult) who has never been in trouble finds themselves making a call they never wanted to make to their parents/guardian. Many are exemplary members their community.
B. Why? Students who go away to college face a new-found freedom. Most experience a lack of supervision for the first time. They are left in a new community with strangers from across the country/world, each member with their own unique customs and life’s experiences. Most college freshman have no experience at navigating their way through questionable situations/activities.
Peer pressure, the need to fit in, stress & anxiety, lack of experience and maturity can impact their judgment. There is a very thin line separating what students see as a silly college prank and what the law defines as a crime. What is legal or without criminal consequence in one State is criminal behavior in another.
C. Common Crimes – The following is a list of common charges college students face:
- Drug Possession/Distribution
- OUI (Under 21 – Zero Tolerance)
- Underage Drinking
- Possession of a Fake ID (Can be a felony)
- Disorderly Conduct & Breach of Peach
- Traffic Violations
- Sexual Assault related charges (Sex Offender Registry Mandated)
- Stalking & Harassment
An arrest for even minor offenses can have devastating consequences. College students are or will soon turn 18 years and be considered an adult. They will not have the privacy and other protections offered juveniles. If convicted, the student will have a permanent criminal record and face disciplinary action by the school. Certain drug convictions can affect the ability to receive Federal Student Aid. All of this will impact the ability to continue in school and later find desirable employment.
D. What to Do If Arrested or Under Investigation
Immediately contact Bellenot & Boufford, LLC at 203-526-6119 or Law@BBesq.com.
- Don’t talk to the police or security personnel about the underlying facts that led to the arrest/investigation.
- Don ’t talk to university officials.
- Don ’t talk to your accuser or anyone involved with the alleged criminal conduct.
- Don ’t talk to your roommate, other students or professors.
- Don ’t talk to ANYONE! Other than your parents and attorney.
NOTE: DO NOT BE RUDE, ARGUMENTATIVE OR ADVERSARIAL . Simply explain that while you would like to cooperate , you must first consult with your parents and an attorney.