Experienced and Compassionate Legal Help For College and University Students In Massachusetts
If you are a college student in Massachusetts and have been charged with a crime, or are being investigated for a crime, it is important that you realize the extent of your situation. If you have been charged with a crime or are being investigated by campus or local police you likely have a lot at stake. Felony or misdemeanor charges can have a wide-ranging affect on your future. Graduate school and employment opportunities might be jeopardized as well as your continued enrollment in the school you are presently attending.
Part of the college experience deals with moving away from home and family — often times college students attend school in another state or country. As a result, most college students have to leave behind close family and friends that acted as a support system. We understand that it can be scary and stressful to face criminal charges or an investigation without the support of a nearby family. But we also know that speaking with a local defense lawyer experienced in helping college students accused of crimes might be the only way to protect your rights and future.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan are former prosecutors that handle a wide variety of felony and misdemeanor student criminal offenses including:
- Drug Possession
- Drug Distribution
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol
- Malicious destruction of Property
- Possession of a Fake I.D
- Disturbing the Peace
- Disorderly Conduct
- Sex Crimes
- Rape / Date Rape
- Indecent Exposure
- Assault and Battery
- Threats to Commit a Crime
- Criminal Harassment
- Cyber Crimes
- Motor Vehicle Offenses
- Violent Crimes
- Annoying or Accosting Persons of the Opposite Sex
- Criminal Trespass
- Resisting Arrest
- Making Obscene or Harassing Telephone Calls
College Disciplinary Proceedings
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime by local or campus police then you will likely be facing a college disciplinary proceeding in front of administration officials in addition to criminal proceedings in front of a judge or clerk magistrate. Depending upon the situation, the college disciplinary board may decide to wait until the criminal proceedings have resolved before holding their disciplinary proceedings. However, there are times when the college administration will pursue disciplinary hearings before the criminal proceedings have been resolved.
Students can be placed in a difficult situation if they are forced to address questions in a disciplinary proceeding before the criminal proceedings have been resolved. Statements made at the disciplinary proceedings can be used against you in criminal proceedings but not answering questions at a college disciplinary hearing could adversely affect your current enrollment at school. You shouldn’t have to face these investigations on your own.
Don’t let a mistake you made during your college years affect your future. If you are a Massachusetts college or university student that has been arrested on or off campus or you are being investigated by local or campus police, then call our Massachusetts college student criminal defense lawyers today for a free initial consultation.
No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. Call us to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 588-0422 and you will have taken your first step to find out how best to confront this important matter. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.