Defending Against Common College Student Criminal Charges
You or your child chose to go to college because the future matters. Now, that future has been put on the line. Any criminal charge comes with the threat of large fines, time in jail or prison and a criminal record. When you are in college, however, there are even more risks. You could lose your scholarships. You could have difficulty obtaining student loans. You could be kicked off the athletic team or even kicked out of school.
At Richard H. Sindel, Inc., in St. Louis, Missouri, we care about our clients’ futures and work especially hard to find better solutions for young adults facing serious penalties. Whether you or your child is facing the criminal justice system and college disciplinary action for a criminal charge, we are committed to getting the best outcome possible.
Common Criminal Charges Against College Students
Common criminal charges faced by college students include:
Drug crime charges: From marijuana possession to prescription drug fraud or drug manufacturing, college students commonly face drug charges.
Drinking charges: Underage drinking frequently leads to serious academic sanctions, and driving while intoxicated (DWI) can land students in jail.
Property crime charges: Stealing, robbery, burglary, car theft, vandalism, piracy — these are all charges college students face, often because of ill-gotten pranks, dares and drinking.
Hate crime charges: Prosecutors have charged more college students with hate crimes than ever before, often tied to the misuse of social media and cellphones.
Sex crime charges: Assault, rape, statutory rape and other sexual assault charges are a reality for many college students — charges that can lead to students’ expulsion and lifelong challenges.
Criminal Charges Negatively Affect Academic Success
No matter what the charge, a college student can face significant battles in both the criminal justice system and his or her school’s disciplinary hearings. A conviction in either area can seriously hinder a college student’s academic success. In addition, it can affect their future career, finances and other aspects of life.
Our defense lawyers can help students prepare for their disciplinary hearing while developing the strongest possible defense to the criminal charges. We have defended college students in the St. Louis area since 1937, including students from Washington University, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis Community College, Maryville University, Webster University and others.
Protect Your Future By Challenging The Charges
When your future or the future of your child is on the line, turn to the experienced criminal defense attorneys of Richard H. Sindel, Inc. With a strong defense argument, you may be able to prevent the long-lasting consequences of a conviction. Schedule a free initial consultation today by calling 314-499-1282. You can also contact us online.