Branford Student Defense Lawyer  

Students attend school with bright futures ahead of them. At vulnerable ages between 14 and 25, they are often susceptible to taking actions without fully grasping their magnitude. Everyone makes mistakes, but some mistakes are costlier than others. If you have a student facing disciplinary or criminal action, or if you are a student with questions about your legal responsibilities, call a Branford student defense lawyer to talk about your case. An experienced criminal attorney can review the facts of your case and advise you on how they think you should proceed.

Criminal Charges and Academic Offenses

Students may find themselves facing a wide variety of crimes and civil claims. The issue with many of these crimes is the court’s responsibility to balance the weight of the crime with the age of the offender. Crimes often have severe punishments to deter their occurrence and to punish the offender, but few youthful offenders realize just how these consequences can impact the rest of their lives. Branford student defense lawyers can speak with parents and their child about how to defend against accusations of hazing, plagiarism or other school-related criminal offenses.

Academic criminal offenses include plagiarism, hazing, cheating on an exam,  and using narcotics to assist in academic performance. While these offenses may appear trivial to some, they could result in a record on one’s transcript, probation, failing an assignment or course, dismissal from an honors program, removal from work-study, permanent expulsion from the university, or suspension. If these offenses are made public, they could interfere with an individuals’ ability to obtain gainful employment. A lawyer could assist in representing the accused in a disciplinary hearing if permitted.

Hazing is a hot-button topic due to the prevalence of fraternities and sororities throughout the United States being charged for the injury and death of “pledges” or probationary members. If an individual is facing a hazing-related charge, they must realize that they could be charged with a felony if the circumstances are serious enough (for instance, if the charge involves the use of drugs, alcohol, serious injury, or death).

Theft and Indecent Crimes

An individual could be charged with shoplifting if they remove goods or merchandise from a business and intend to take the item or deprive the owner of its use. This often happens as the result of scavenger hunt challenges amongst students.

A minor bar fight could spell a felony assault conviction depending on the seriousness of the fighting and whether a deadly weapon or other object was used. Examples of criminal mischief or vandalism tend to include salting lawns, cutting trees or bushes, altering public or privately owned signs, throwing eggs, arson, spray painting, slashing tires, placing shoes on power lines, throwing toilet paper throughout a property, et cetera.

What are Public Indecency Crimes?

Indecency crimes are often thoughtless acts that occur in the heat of the moment. Examples include indecent exposure (streaking), lewd conduct, public nudity, noise violations, underage drinking, public intoxication, and obscene displays. Even though these offenses may be the result of a quick thought or peer pressure, they could have far-reaching consequences and may require a Branford student defense lawyer. Depending on the severity of the offense, the individual could be charged with a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a monetary fine in addition to up to one-year incarceration.

Drunk Driving Violations

Drivers are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, while §227b prohibits a driver when their blood alcohol content (BAC) is elevated (exceeding .08 percent).

How an Attorney Can Help

If you are concerned about the consequences of a criminal or academic charge, do not try to fight it alone. Speak with a Branford student defense lawyer to learn about your options, defenses, and penalties. For first-time offenders, there is sometimes the opportunity to agree to a rehabilitation program, probation, community service, or even a diversionary program. A diversion program allows the accused to participate in a pretrial rehabilitation program. If the accused completes all of the requirements of the program within a pre-specified time period, then it is possible that the charges against them will be dismissed by the Court.