College Arrest 101 Blog | Parents’ Handbook to Navigate Your College Student’s Arrest | #2 Hiring An Attorney

As soon as a parent hears that their college student child has been arrested one of their first thoughts is about hiring an attorney.  Many questions will surround this decision.   Do I even need to hire an attorney for my child?  How much will an attorney costs? How do I find an attorney for my college student? First, I always recommend that any college student who is arrested have his or her own attorney - no matter how minor the charge.  The reason for this is two-fold.  A college student is simply not sophisticated or familiar enough with court [...]

By |2014-08-05T01:39:16+00:00September 22nd, 2012|Legal Discussion|0 Comments

College Arrest 101 Blog | Parents’ Handbook to Navigate Your College Student’s Arrest | #1 Bail

The next series of 4 posts will serve a guide to parents who have received the second most dreaded phone call from a child who is away at college - the phone call from the jail!  The only phone call for a parent which is worse is a call from the hospital. Most likely a parent will receive this call late at night and be many miles away from where there college student has been arrested.  The first order of business is bailing the student out of jail.  Now a days this can be done over the phone, the computer [...]

By |2014-08-05T01:40:02+00:00September 20th, 2012|Legal Discussion|0 Comments

College Arrest 101 Blog | Back to School

Students have returned to Colleges and Universities all over the country for another academic year. This means a return to campus, friends and partying.  Law enforcement is also out in force around campus knowing that students are returning.  New Freshman and even returning students should be particularly aware during this time of typical police investigations of underage drinking of college students, including policing and ID checking in bars close to campus, patrolling football tailgating, and DUI checkpoints on roads surrounding campus. Underage drinking or possessing alcohol as a minor is a crime - normally just a misdemeanor, but still a [...]

By |2014-08-05T01:42:05+00:00September 16th, 2012|Legal Discussion|0 Comments

College Arrest 101 Blog | College Students and Drug Arrest

We posted here that statistics show that the majority of college student arrests relate to alcohol and drugs. Probably by far the most arrests for drugs by college students is for marijuana or pot possession. This is not surprising information to students or their parents.  However, most student and parents have no idea what is involved in a drug arrest and criminal court case. First, depending on the charge the student who is caught possessing a drug may or may not be physically arrested and brought to jail which would require bonding out of jail, etc.  In some states for [...]

By |2014-08-05T01:42:51+00:00July 13th, 2012|Legal Discussion|0 Comments

College Arrest 101 Blog | Pretrial Diversion Programs Are Perfect for College Students

The legal term "Pretrial Diversion" is something every college student (or parent of a college student) who has been arrested for the first time should be made aware of.  Pretrial Diversion has been around in the United States court system since the 1970's and approximately 45 states currently have legislation enabling these programs.  Click here for a detailed report about the Pretrial Diversion practices across the country. What is Pretrial Diversion?  Pretrial Diversion Programs are voluntary programs in which certain types of criminal defendants can participate.  Their case is then removed out of the court litigation track and into a [...]

By |2014-08-05T01:43:36+00:00July 10th, 2012|Legal Discussion|0 Comments

College Arrest 101 Blog | College Students and DUI Arrest

When statistics show that over 3 million students ages 18-24 have driven drunk, it is not surprising that many college students across the country are arrested every year for DUI.  In many states there is a zero tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. This means that even if your state law has a breath alcohol limit of .10 or .08 this does not apply to those under 21.  In Miami, Florida, for example, a student who is under the age of 21 and stopped for DUI it does not matter what the alcohol level is - any amount of [...]

By |2018-04-11T14:22:13+00:00July 4th, 2012|Legal Discussion|0 Comments

College Arrest 101 Blog | College Students, Careers and Criminal Records

Juvenile and Adult criminal records will haunt college students when applying for a job or a professional license - perhaps forever.  See a more recent post here about mugshot websites. Therefore, the main goal should be to avoid leaving a criminal conviction on a student's record and also properly seal or expunge arrest records whenever possible. But, many times  a criminal record exists and must be dealt with when thinking realistically about a future career BEFORE attending a costly college program or obtaining a graduate degree in a field which the student may be barred from entering because of a [...]

By |2014-08-05T01:46:16+00:00June 30th, 2012|Legal Discussion|0 Comments

College Arrest 101 Blog | College Arrest Statistics

College students can be arrested for anything, but probably the most likely crimes and arrests for college students are alcohol and drug related violations.  Every year across the county thousands of students move into university dorms and residents halls.  These residential colleges see the most of substance related arrests.  For example, at the University of Miami (statistics here) and Florida International University (statistics here) these alcohol and drug arrests are by far the most prevalent.  However, at a commuter college (where students don't reside on campus) such as Miami Dade College (statistics here) there are relatively few arrests for alcohol [...]

By |2014-08-05T01:47:31+00:00June 25th, 2012|Legal Discussion|0 Comments

College Arrest 101 Blog | Twitter May Lead to Suspension

Colleges and Universities, like the rest of the world, are dealing with the rapid rise of social media like Twitter and Facebook.   In many cases a college student's post on Facebook or tweet on Twitter may get them in hot water and result in university discipline and sometimes even suspension.  A number of these cases have been popping up in the news recently.  See here and here. We have even posted previously how a comment of Facebook can be criminal - when the President is involved. However, there is great debate about whether a student's social media rants are [...]

By |2014-08-05T01:49:42+00:00June 19th, 2012|Legal Discussion, News Article Commentary|0 Comments

College Arrest 101 Blog | DREAM Act and Immigrant College Students

Today President Obama announced that U.S. Immigration would halt deportation of young illegal immigrant students (under 30 years old) who were brought to the US before age 16.  Instead, they can remain in the United States and apply for a work permit.  You can read the about the announcement here. This is the first step toward the Dream Act, immigration reform legislation which is currently pending that would give relief to the many illegal immigrant students who were brought to this country by their parents at a young age but have no way to gain legal status. Both these immigration [...]

By |2014-08-05T01:51:16+00:00June 15th, 2012|Legal Discussion, News Article Commentary|0 Comments
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