College and University Students and Crimes in Massachusetts
Criminal charges can be devastating to a student who has a bright future to protect. We have represented college students charged with a variety of crimes from rape to underage drinking. We strive to protect a student's criminal record and to achieve a result that they will not have to explain to potential employers for the rest of their lives. Where possible we try to keep even the arrest from appearing on a student's record by attempting to have the charges dismissed prior to arraignment where possible. We have represented students in University disciplinary actions which may accompany criminal charges.
We are also very aware of the effect criminal charges have on college students with F-1 student visas or foreign exchange students. We have represented undergraduate and graduate students here on visas charged with a variety of criminal offenses. It is very important to have a Boston criminal attorney who is aware of the immigration effects of the charges you face and who knows how to resolve the case in the best way possible to avoid immigration consequences.
A student charged with a crime will need to consider:
- protecting their criminal record
- challenges in applications for employment or graduate school
- problems in obtaining financial aid
- University disciplinary action which may involve a hearing related to housing or academic probation or expulsion
- Immigration effects on student visa
Massachusetts has hundreds of colleges and Universities and the communities they are in sometimes push hard against the schools and local police to enforce the laws against students living in the community.
College Student crimes range from:
- Underage drinking
- Disturbing the peace
- Possession of fake ID
- Drug possession/drug distribution
- Drunk driving/OUI
- Assault and Battery
- Rape/ date rape
- Indecent Assault and battery
- Open and Gross Lewdness
- Cyber/computer crimes
Many university students live off-campus in the Boston area. Many of the local communities have crackdown on off-campus students who often gather and small apartments. Charges college student may face are serving alcohol to minors, noise violations, and keeper of an unruly house. Landlords can evict tenants were charged with crimes and the student might find himself without housing and facing criminal charges all because they get together grew out of control and police were called.
The crowded neighborhoods throughout Boston from Fenway, Back Bay, South End, North End and all throughout downtown create an environment where police are called because of noisy gatherings all the time. Police will make arrests of college students who are drinking underage or serving alcohol to minors or who are hosting loud gatherings in which the police are responding to noise complaints.
Universities also take action against students who are charged criminally. Every school has disciplinary rules which if violated trigger a disciplinary hearing procedure which can end in loss of housing privileges, financial aid or far worse academic suspension or expulsion. If you have been charged with a crime or are being investigated either by campus or local police feel free to call for a free confidential consultation to better understand your rights and what to expect.