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What Does My College Student Need To Know?

College is about education, but not all of life’s lessons are in the classroom. For a lot of students, this is the first time they are away from home. Many are finding out that independence comes with a price. Students often get in situations that get out of control. That could lead to criminal charges with consequences that are worse than they expected.

Students are also often surprised to find out that if they are charged with an off-campus crime, they face disciplinary action at their school. Even if the student is acquitted, face false accusations or the charges are dismissed, they could still face penalties on campus. If you or someone in your family is a student charged with a crime, call the Law Offices of Paul D. Baugh, PC.

Understand The Charges And The Consequences

Depending on the severity of the charges, students often face on-campus disciplinary actions that could include required pretrial diversion; probation or expulsion.

We have helped students who faced a variety of allegations, including:

Alcohol charges:

  • Furnishing to a minor.
  • Illegal consumption. Minors do not need to be legally drunk to be charged. Charges can be filed for any amount if they are under 21.
  • Illegal possession. If you are under age, you cannot possess alcohol.
  • Illegal transportation. It is illegal for anyone underage to have alcohol in their vehicle, including unopened containers.
  • Public intoxication.
  • Common nuisance. If you attend a party where drugs are being used, even if you are not using them, you could be facing a misdemeanor charge.

Traffic violations:

  • Driving without insurance.
  • Driving without a valid license.
  • Driving while intoxicated.
  • Reckless driving.

Other common charges:

  • Sexual consent.
  • Furnishing/possession of false IDs.
  • Shoplifting/theft
  • Public nudity. Includes urinating in public; and public indecency charges if you are doing a private act in public or exposing your body.
  • Sex/gender-based discrimination
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual harassment
  • Vandalism

The Indiana Lifeline Law

Students should also know that they have immunity for minor alcohol offenses if they are bringing someone for alcohol-related health emergency assistance.

Do Not Wait To Contact A Lawyer

If you are facing disciplinary actions at your Indiana school, call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Paul D. Baugh, PC. We are ready to help you defend your rights from our Bloomington and Columbus offices. Email or call us at 812-727-7013.