Perhaps one of the most significant search and seizure cases for the digital age is centered around a college student who was initially pulled over for a routine traffic stop. He was ultimately arrested for driving with a suspended license and the police impounded his smartphone AFTER scrolling through it to find incriminating evidence of videos and photos of gang activity. The phone landed him in prison for 15 years. You can read aboutthe case here. The US Supreme Court will now decide whether the police illegally searched that smartphone without a warrant. Oral arguments on this issue were held [...]
College graduation time is almost upon us. Thousands of college seniors will be graduating and looking for jobs, hopefully in their field of study. Everyone knows the reality of the job market in 2013 is still very tough and many college graduates will not be able to find a job. With a job market that is competitive as it is, the college student will not want to have any blemishes on their background that would harm their chances in the job market. In reality if there are two equally qualified applicants for a position the one without a criminal record [...]
For all the University of Miami students and parents out there a fairly new program is available which you should be aware. Its called ULEAD, which stands for University Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program. This is a joint venture of sorts between the University of Miami and the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office which will allow students charged with certain crimes (right now just marijuana and paraphernalia possession and false ID cases) to completely avoid ever being arrested or formally charged in court with a crime. The benefits of this program are enumerable because the student's name will never be [...]
Welcome to College Arrest 101 Blog. This blog is dedicated to providing information and assistance to College and University Students who were arrested and facing criminal charges and/or who are charged and involved in a University Disciplinary Proceeding. College Students who have been arrested are in a unique situation. I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Miami, Florida and have represented college students in criminal court and counseled them through school and university disciplinary hearings.