If you or your child is a college student facing criminal charges, there are likely very serious consequences involved including expulsion, fines, jail time, or loss of scholarships. This is why you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands just how life-changing college crimes can be. While there are many different types of “college crimes” the following are some of the more common charges faced by college students.
One of the college traditions that most often leads to trouble is the purchase of alcohol with a fake ID. Many college students do not think of fake IDs as a big deal. However, offenses involving fake identification constitute criminal activity under Ohio law. In Ohio, using fake identification or even using another person’s identification is a first-degree misdemeanor that can result in a fine of up to $1,000, a maximum of six months in jail, and suspension of a driver’s license. Additionally, many colleges have internal codes of conduct that consider using a fake ID as an act of dishonesty. Therefore, a student can end up being penalized by the college and facing suspension or loss of privileges.
One of the most common offenses in Ohio is underage consumption and intoxication. Law in Ohio prohibits individuals under the age of 21 from consuming alcohol, with few exceptions. A college student who is under the age of 21 and found consuming alcohol faces a first-degree misdemeanor punished by six months in jail, a maximum fine of $1,000, community service, probation, and other penalties. Frequently, underage students who are found drinking also face penalties with residential housing and other college organizations.
People who throw parties and homeowners can also face penalties if alcohol is provided to an individual who is below the age of 21.
Being intoxicated is not the only way a college student can get into trouble. Ohio Law also prohibits the possession of alcohol by individuals under the age of 21. This means that underage college students can end up facing alcohol possession charges even if they have not consumed any alcohol.
Possession of controlled substances by college students can result in particularly serious charges. Although marijuana may be the most common controlled substance in college, students often receive possession charges for Adderall, methamphetamine, and Oxycontin. Depending upon the specific substance and the amount a student possessed, these crimes are often charged as felonies.
A bad decision made during the college years can have a devastating impact on your education, career, and the rest of your life. Due to our firm’s close proximity to Miami University, the University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University, we often assist college students with their criminal charges. Contact the criminal attorneys at Kruger & Hodges to schedule a free consultation, during which time we will discuss the various available options to pursue the best possible conclusion in your case.