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For college freshman, errors in judgment can lead to criminal charges

It's August and classes at colleges and universities throughout Maryland and around the D.C. area will soon be back in session. For incoming freshman, the start of their college careers is often an exciting as well as stressful time. It can also be a dangerous time as, on their own for the first time, some freshman may try or do things they've never done before.

While college is known as being a time of self-exploration and experimentation, some actions and behaviors may have serious consequences that can negatively impact a student's academic and personal life.

From the temptations of off-campus parties to the challenges that come with living with complete strangers, freshman students are often particularly vulnerable when it comes to making errors in judgment and becoming involved in compromising situations. Unfortunately, making a mistake or being in the wrong place at the wrong time can lead to a student's arrest and criminal charges being filed.

College Students: Common Criminal Charges

  • Property crimes, including theft and shoplifting
  • Drug crimes, including those related to the sale and possession of illegal drugs
  • Alcohol-related crimes, including underage drinking and DUI
  • Violent crimes, including domestic violence and assault and battery
  • Sex crimes, including sexual assault

College Students: Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

  • Time in jail or prison
  • Costly fines
  • Restrictions related to probation
  • Loss of financial aid
  • Suspension and expulsion from college teams
  • Expulsion from college

For college students who are facing criminal charges, the stakes are often especially high. It's important, therefore, to hire an attorney who has experience successfully defending and helping college students in similar situations.

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