SACRAMENTO CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
Common Crimes Committed by College Students
Sending our children out into the world on their own can be both an exciting and terrifying time for a parent. This is a time for your child to learn and grow on their own, and that means that you will not have the same level of oversight and control over their activities. During this stage of development young adults push boundaries and test limits, and although we all hope that our children will make the right decisions, we have enough experience to know that will not always be the case.
Many of the charges that college students face center around the use of alcohol and are considered trivial by some, but keep in mind that they will affect your child’s criminal record and future employment opportunities all the same. It is important to act fast if your child has been charged with a crime.
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Minor in Possession (“MIP”)
- Drunk in Public
- Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”)
- Cycling Under the Influence
- Possession / Use of a Fake ID
- Sexual Assault and Rape
There are a variety of charges that can be brought against a college student related to the use of alcohol, both before and after they turn 21 years old. Some common charges for individuals under the age of 21 include Minor in Possession, Drunk in Public, Driving under the Influence, and Possession / Use of a fake ID. These crimes can all be charged as misdemeanor offenses in CA, but DUI and fake ID charges are considered “wobbler” crimes, meaning that they can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances.
Alcohol-related charges are not reserved for those under the age of 21, there are a slew of charges that can be brought against individuals who are of legal drinking age as well. As we all know, the use of alcohol can affect our judgement and individuals who are new to alcohol, like college students, are hypersensitive to these affects. An argument between lovers, a fist fight at a party, or unwanted sexual advances can lead to serious abuse, assault or even rape charges.
Sexual assault on college campuses has drawn a lot of attention nationally and has become a priority for prosecutors across the country. These cases generally center around consent, and very rarely is the picture clear. Complicating factors include social pressures, inexperience in sexual situations and alcohol / drug use, all of which combine to create a situation that is anything but clear.
Even the most responsible young adult can make a poor decision, especially at the beginning of their adult life! The attorneys at this firm are experienced in defending college students and will fight to ensure that an early life mistake will not affect the rest of it!
If you are being charged with a college related crime, contact our Sacramento criminal defense lawyer immediately for a consultation.