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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Within hours of first receiving notice that the student is being charged with a college or university disciplinary violation, he will be faced with serious decisions that will effect the outcome of the process. The first step in any disciplinary process requires the college or university to provide the student with formal, written notice of the charges against him. Within a few days of receiving notice of the charges, the student must decide whether to plead guilt (i.e. responsible) or not guilty (not responsible) for the charges. This first and most important decision is sometimes the most confusing and difficult [...]
Knock, knock, knock . . .on the other side of the door is your RA and the Police. Unfortunately, this happens everyday at Colleges and Universities across the country. What are a college students rights when facing a search of his dorm room? First, college staff normally has the right to enter and search a student's dorm room. Every student should be familiar with his Student Handbook and Residency Regulations. For example, at the University of Miami here in Coral Gables, Florida, the University Residency Regulations permit an 'inspection' at any time for a number of reasons, including checking for [...]
College Arrest 101 Blog | Miami College Student Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Threatening President Obama on Facebook
A Miami-Dade College Student plead guilty last week in Federal Court to One Count of Threatening to Kill the President. In February, the student posted comments on his Facebook page with threats to President Obama at an upcoming campaign stop at the local University of Miami Campus in Coral Gables, Florida. Full Article is Here. This college student could face a sentence anywhere from probation up to 5 years in prison. He will have a felony conviction on his record - forever. In addition, he could face discipline at his college, Miami-Dade College,as he is a current student. The Miami-Dade [...]
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.