For many, college is a time of experimentation both inside and outside the classroom. Some students delve deeply into academics, but life learning opportunities are also abundant. Unfortunately, those learning opportunities can become challenges when college students find themselves faced with criminal charges.

Common charges that college students face include possession and use of drugs as well as drug trafficking. They might also face drinking charges, particularly if they are underage, and charges involving property crimes, hate crimes and sex crimes. Sometimes, the charges result from activity that gets a little wild as college students celebrate or break loose after midterm or final exams. Other times, the charges come about because of problems with peers or other groups. Accusations are a way that one group punishes another.

Regardless of how criminal charges come about, a college student facing even the most minor charges should consider his or her future. Seeking legal assistance with your defense can help you ensure that a criminal conviction is not hanging over your head for the rest of your life. If a conviction seems highly likely, a criminal defense attorney can work with you on plans for plea deals and negotiations that might lessen the impact of the conviction.

Many things — both good and bad — come out of the college years. Education, skills and new friends are some of the positive things with which students leave college behind and go into the “real world.” Avoid having a criminal conviction on your record by working with an attorney to create a strategic defense if you face charges.