Pennsylvania is home to some of the most distinguished colleges and universities in the country. Delaware County alone boasts historic institutions like Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, Haverford and Villanova.
Whether they move across the state or across the country, college is a time of exploration and new experiences for young people. Away from their parents for the first time, eager to be adults and relying on their own (or others’) faulty judgment, some college students end up in trouble with the law.
Often these crimes involve underage drinking, DUIs, drug possession and sexual assault charges. Some may involve violence, disorderly conduct or vandalism. Too often, students get caught up in illegal activities at fraternities and sororities or with classmates because they want to fit in or simply don’t know the law (such as the legal drinking age). If their judgment is clouded by alcohol and/or drugs, many do things they wouldn’t ordinarily do and find themselves arrested for the first time.
Finding out that your child has been arrested can be a frightening experience for any parent. Likely, it’s also scary for your son or daughter. Their college education and potentially their entire future could be at risk. College students who are arrested may face sanctions from their school as well as the courts. At The Law Offices of Joseph Lesniak, LLC, we represent college students both in court and before college disciplinary boards.
We work to seek dismissals as well as reduced sentences and diversionary programs to help mitigate the impact of the charges on their record. Pennsylvania has an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program that gives first-time offenders who are charged with minor crimes and successfully complete the program the chance to have the charges dismissed and expunged from their record.
If you or your child is facing criminal charges, contact us online to arrange for a free consultation to discuss your case. We’d like to help prevent a college mistake from having long-lasting consequences.