College is a time that many students choose to experiment with drugs and alcohol. These youthful indiscretions can have serious legal consequences if the student is prosecuted by the city or state. Thankfully, a criminal defense attorney can generally help mitigate potential negatively repercussions. Here is a look at some common criminal law charges faced by college students:
Minors in Possession
If a student is caught drinking while under the age of 21, he or she can be charged with a misdemeanor such as possession of alcohol or underage drinking. In the legal context, possession can be extended to mean that a suspect’s body is a container, and any alcohol present in this container is a violation of the law.
Using false identification or the identification of another person is classified as a class 1 misdemeanor in the state of Arizona. A guilty conviction for using a fake license to get into a bar can involve fines of several hundred dollars and the potential for mandatory community service.
Exterminating with drugs is often seen as a right of passage. According to the University of Arizona Police Department (UAPD), at least 48 students are arrested every year for drug possession in the dorms. UAPD also detains a handful of off-campus students every year for the same crimes. If you or a loved one has been arrested for possession of marijuana or any other illegal substance, it is important to consult a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
The law office of Sherick & Bleier has years of experience dealing with UAPD and the Tucson Police Department in matters including drug and alcohol violations. Do not let one mistake ruin your future employment options. Call our downtown office today at (520) 318-3939 to schedule an appointment with one of our criminal defense attorneys and begin the process of putting your missteps behind you.