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College students could face expulsion for relatively minor charges

Criminal charges can be disruptive to anyone’s life, but college students are in an especially precarious position. In many cases, a conviction could seriously hamper future career prospects, and even lead to being expelled from school.

Many colleges and universities make school attorneys available to students who have been charged with a crime, but those attorneys are frequently overburdened with cases. Though they likely will try their best, these lawyers may not be able to provide as much attention to a particular student’s case as a defense attorney in private practice.

A student in Michigan can be accused of virtually any crime, but there are many charges that college students tend to be arrested for. Many of these charges are arguably the result of immature but ultimately minor conduct, while others are more grave accusations. Here is a partial list:

  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Sexual assault
  • Noise ordinance violations
  • Public intoxication
  • Public urination
  • Possession or sale of marijuana
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Assault and battery
  • Rioting or inciting a riot

Some of these are relatively minor infractions, but charges like sexual assault, assault and drug possession or trafficking are potentially very serious. Parents and students caught up in criminal charges have to be very careful, or they could unwittingly give up the accused student’s rights.

In many cases, a defense attorney with experience representing college students is able to help their clients avoid jail time, and prevent unfair disruption to their education. He or she may be able to get the charges dismissed, or negotiate a plea bargain involving a reduction in charges.

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