Every year, approximately 10,000 people are wrongfully convicted of a serious crime in the United States. Crimes on college campuses aren't exempt from these convictions and can disrupt the educational environment of the school.
Some of the most common crimes experienced on college campuses across the U.S. include underage drinking, assault, theft, harassment, hazing crimes, and sexual crimes. If you or someone you know has been accused of one of the aforementioned crimes, consider the following questions frequently asked by college students.
- Can I be held liable for a campus crime?
College campuses can often feel like another world. However, a number of parties can be held liable for college campus crimes just as they would anywhere else. Those who can be accused of liability in the event of a campus crime include students, visitors, the college itself, and college staff. In certain circumstances, a number of individuals can be held liable for a given crime such as both the college and individual staff.
- Is an arrest by campus police the same as a police arrest?
Campus police often have the same state and local authority as a normal police department. Therefore, campus police can file criminal charges against you much in the same way as a police department. However, depending on the severity of the crime you've been charged with, campus police can sometimes joint with local police for larger and more serious projects.
- Do I need a defense lawyer?
It's typically a good idea to hire a defense lawyer if you've been accused of a crime and campus crimes are no different. You may face fines, penalties, and jail sentences that can be overwhelming if you don't have legal aid to assist you during the process. Criminal defense lawyers are able to give you the legal assistance you need while also defending you in court in the event of a trial.
If you or someone you know has been accused of a crime on your college campus, it may be in your best interest to hire a defense lawyer to argue on your behalf. For legal advice and legal assistance, contact the Virginia criminal defense lawyers at the law offices of John Elledge today.