College and university students have much to lose when facing allegations of criminal activity. As adults, they face full punishment under the law if a court convicts them of a crime. At the same time, their schools may act to investigate alleged incidents occurring on school property and punish them independently of the criminal courts.
A Manchester student defense lawyer is prepared to help in both these areas. The legal team at Ruane Attorneys can take the lead in defending a student’s rights, future, and ability to continue their education. We can also work to provide a thorough defense in criminal court against both misdemeanor and felony accusations.
Defending Students Against Criminal Accusations
Because most students at colleges and universities are over the age of 18, they are subject to the same laws as all adults. When accused of criminal conduct, they could face fines or prison sentences.
Certain criminal accusations are more common on school campuses. For instance, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to possess alcohol, according to Connecticut General Statute § 30-89(b). While this offense is unlikely to result in jail time, it can still trigger a school investigation and jeopardize a student’s prospects.
More serious are allegations of drug use or violence. Merely possessing a street drug or illegal prescription medication can create a criminal record and lead to fines or jail time. Accusations of assault under Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-61 can result in similar penalties. No matter the exact nature of a criminal accusation, a Manchester student defense attorney could help build an effective defense.
Protecting the Rights of Students to Continue Their Education
In addition to potential criminal penalties, students may face school discipline. In fact, a college or university may operate independently of criminal courts if they suspect a student has violated their code of conduct. Additionally, schools must report criminal activity that impacts their students or occurs on their property.
School disciplinary sessions often place students in a difficult position. The schools do not need to follow the rules of evidence or other protections that exist in criminal courts. They might not even allow a student to speak in their own defense. Schools also have varying policies on whether a student can bring an attorney to hearings and other meetings. In any case, a defense lawyer at our firm could help students prepare for all hearings, obtain evidence in their favor, and prepare statements to help demonstrate their innocence.
Let a Manchester Student Defense Attorney Fight to Protect Your Future
Students arrested on criminal charges face an uphill battle. A conviction in criminal court can lead to hefty fines, jail time, and a permanent record that affects you for years. You may also face a loss of privileges, suspension, or even expulsion from your school.
A Manchester student defense lawyer is prepared to protect you and your future. In criminal court, Ruane Attorneys can work to gather evidence that refutes the prosecutor’s claim and creates reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors. Before school disciplinary sessions, our legal team could help you understand the process, prepare statements, and practice for all hearings. Give our firm a call today to discuss your situation and get the representation you need.