If you have a child who is in college, or is approaching his or her college years you undoubtedly have a number of concerns on your mind. Which college is right for your child as well as how to pay for the rising costs associated with higher education are likely among those concerns. One thing you may not wish to think about, but that you may be forced to consider at some point, are some typical college crimes that your child could wind up involved in down the road.
For many students, college is their first taste of true freedom. Occasionally, that taste of freedom takes a student down the wrong path. Getting involved with the wrong crowd, or simply spreading his or her wings a little too far can land a student in jail facing criminal charges. Some of the more common college crimes in Boston include:
- Alcohol related offenses – driving under the influence and underage drinking are among the most common charges for college age individuals.
- Drug offenses – despite the “War on Drugs”, drugs are still commonly found at a college party and can easily be purchased on any university campus.
- Sex offenses – “Date rape” is particularly common in a college setting. A college student may become involved in a “He said – she said” sex offense prosecution.
- Domestic violence – alcohol and drugs combined with young adult hormones all too often leads to arguments – some of which turn physical.
- Driver license issues – your college student may be driving without supervision for the first time. This can lead to multiple tickets which, in turn, can lead to a license suspension.
- Identity theft and other theft crimes – A university is the perfect place to steal someone’s identity. Personal identification is often left in places that are easily accessible, not to mention all the personal data stored in the university’s computer system. Some thefts are simply to produce an identification that allows the perpetrator to get into nightclubs; however, other thefts are financially motivated.
- Disorderly conduct –disorderly conduct is the catch all charge when the police want to arrest someone but lack a concrete legal reason to do so.
If your son or daughter ends up facing criminal charges for one of these—or any other—common college crimes in Boston, it is imperative that you consult an experienced Boston criminal defense attorney. Not only is your child facing serious judicial penalties if convicted, but a conviction can also affect eligibility for financial aid, housing, and even jeopardize your child’s right to continue at school.
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