When people go to college, they are young and may still make impulsive decisions. A younger adult might think that it’s fine to have an alcoholic drink while underage because of peer pressure or face potential drug crimes for taking prescription drugs that weren’t theirs.
It’s important to focus on mitigating the damage that a criminal charge and conviction could do at this age for a few reasons. The first is that there is a potential that a conviction could have a lasting impact on the student’s social life. It could also hurt their opportunity to seek scholarships or get federal financial aid. There is also the chance that they could be removed from their college program of choice or face other penalties, like losing their license, going to jail or paying heavy fines.
There are a few things you can do to help mitigate the risk of those and other negative effects from occurring. These include:
- Staying silent until you know your rights and have representation
- Building a strong defense with your attorney’s help
- Knowing when a plea deal or offer is the best option to resolve your case
Here’s an example. If you are arrested for driving drunk underage, you should not say or do anything that could further suggest that you were driving unsafely or admit to being intoxicated. Instead, you should obtain representation to help protect yourself and have your attorney look into the details of your case to determine if there were errors made or if there are options for building a defense and resolving it without a conviction. If it can’t be resolved with you walking away without penalties, you should then receive more education on the potential for a plea deal and if any plea deal offered is right for you.
You deserve fair representation for any charges you face
Since criminal charges have the potential to upset your college career and life, it’s important to talk to someone who understands exactly what kinds of penalties you could face and how they could impact your education. The right guidance may help you avoid an outcome that harms you now and far into your future.