College is a rite of passage for many in the United States. For most students, it is the first time they are away from their families, left to their own devices to learn how to manage their time, finances, and extracurriculars.
While many students find themselves entirely absorbed by their academic life, engrossed in the wisdom of their teachers, inspired by the ambition and drive of their peers, there is no doubt that for a significant portion of the American people, college is also synonymous with less wholesome activities.
If you or your child is heading off to college, it is important to be aware of the types of trouble that college students most frequently find themselves in.
- DUIs: Everyone knows they shouldn't drink and drive, and yet there are a huge number of DUI convictions across the state every year. For students who may be experiencing alcohol for the first time, they might not understand their bodies limitations and put themselves in a dangerous (and illegal) situation.
- MIP: The legal drinking age is 21, but many students first go to college at age 18. It is almost an expected fact that college freshman will drink despite their age, and the local police officers know that. House parties and dorm consumption are often two major targets for college town cops.
- Assault: Although felony assault charges are often rare for college students, thanks to their higher threshold (typically, they will require a weapon or proof of intent to cause serious harm), misdemeanors for minor fights and scuffles are very common. Often charges will depend on the injury.
It is important if you find yourself in a position where you are charged with a crime to hire a lawyer. While public defenders are often quite competent lawyers, their workload means they often have little to no time to prepare for individual cases. In fact, 60% of state systems force public defenders to take on cases, even if they don't have time for them.
If you find yourself in need of legal advice or legal aid, call the criminal defense lawyers at John Elledge and Assoc PC.