Many college students consider drinking underage a rite of passage. Although it might be common for freshmen and sophomores at Washington University, Saint Louis University and other schools to drink under 21, this doesn’t mean they don’t face harsh consequences for doing so.

If you or your child has been accused of drinking underage or driving while intoxicated (DWI), count on consequences in the courtroom and on campus. If convicted of the criminal charges, a college student might face fines, a permanent criminal record and even jail time depending on the circumstances. Each St. Louis area college has its own policies regarding alcohol use and related criminal charges, but you can be certain that academic consequences of some sort will likely take place.

College students who face criminal charges in Missouri might:

  • Be kicked off athletic teams
  • Lose scholarships
  • Have trouble obtaining student loans
  • Face expulsion and difficulty getting into another school

What should you do if you or your child has been arrested for drinking underage, DWI or any other crime?

Get a lawyer. A good one.

Facing criminal charges is a serious matter for anyoneno matter their age. For young college students, however, a conviction and a bad disciplinary hearing at school can alter the course of their lives. Don’t let this happen to yourself or your child.

In many cases, it is possible to find creative legal solutions that leave no criminal record behind and prevent serious criminal and collegiate consequences. Your options depend on the specifics of your case and the quality of your legal counsel.

At Sindel, Sindel & Noble, P.C., we have defended college students in the St. Louis area since 1937, guiding them through the disciplinary process at school as well as the criminal process. To learn more about your options and start protecting your future, contact a reputable local attorney.