As a college student, you are ultimately confronted with many different situations that are often not necessarily legal and can lead to severe repercussions. College crimes often include misdemeanor offenses, but many charges can be heightened which lead to extended jail time, fines, and potentially even expulsion from your college. If you are facing a college crime, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Phoenix college crimes attorney rather than attempt to defend your crime on your own in court.
Most college crimes in Phoenix are misdemeanor offenses, centered around alcohol and drug use. Underage drinking or possession of alcohol are common offenses, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI, or use of a fake ID. Many of these crimes are seemingly small charges, but can have vast repercussions on your future. You do not want a misdemeanor conviction to haunt you the rest of your life, and soil your stellar reputation on graduate school applications and job applications. Most graduate school applications require you to disclose whether you have any criminal convictions. While they may not deny you entrance based on that, it is not a risk you want to take if you want to go on to law school, med school, or gain a PhD.
If you are charged with a felony offense, you are often taken to jail and may be held there a few nights, depending on the severity of the offense. Several crime offenses that fall within a felony include:
While these crimes aren’t as common among college students, these accusations, at any age, are very serious and will drastically shape the rest of your life. Whether you are faced with a misdemeanor or felony as a college student, do not lax on speaking with a lawyer immediately after an accusation.
One of the most alarming aspects of college crimes is the possibility of expulsion from your university. Many Arizona colleges have guidelines in place, which protect students from first time offenses and place them on probation before asking the student to leave. However, each school is different and requires research into the student handbook after a criminal offense has been committed.
Punishment under Arizona state law includes potential jail sentences up to 6 months for misdemeanors, depending on the severity. Felony charges offer a larger range of punishments, and may involve anywhere from a 1 year prison sentence up to life in prison or the death penalty for Class 1 Felony convictions.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense as a college student in Phoenix, do not despair. An initial arrest is not a conviction, and with the proper legal counsel, you will be able to fully understand the ramifications of your criminal act. Phoenix criminal defense lawyer Craig Orent of the Orent Law Offices has over 25 years of experience in defending clients against misdemeanor and felony charges, and understands all too well the impact a criminal conviction will have on your record as a young adult. He will work tirelessly to attempt to drop charges against you or diminish the severity.