Criminal Defense for College Students

When you are in college, you are likely experiencing life on your own for the first time. As such, if you are accused of a crime, you may not know where to turn. Some of the most common mistakes made in a legal defense case occur before a client has representation and is unsure of how to interact with law enforcement officers. Depending on the nature of the crime, it is vital to get legal representation as soon as possible. Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. specializes in helping students accused of a crime to successfully resolve their cases and get their lives back on track.

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Parents of college students enjoy peace of mind knowing that we offer legal guidance on which they can rely as a Pennsylvania student defense attorney. We are a premier criminal defense firm that has been serving the needs of Pennsylvania college students for more than 68 years.

Common College Student Crimes in Pennsylvania

While college students may be accused of any number of crimes, some of the most common include: 

  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Underage drinking
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Possession of a fake ID
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Hazing
  • Assault

The reason that these types of charges are more prevalent among college students is, in part, because the stigma associated with college life often leads law enforcement to be more vigilant about certain types of crime.

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Moreover, there are sometimes multiple defendants because of the communal living environments that may result in numerous people being charged in one crime. This can sometimes happen whether everyone in the situation participated in the act or not. This is especially true of charges like drug possession, where knowledge of or proximity to drug use may be enough to get all students in the vicinity in legal hot water. 

Depending on the nature of the crime and the extent of the allegations, penalties might range from probation and fines to jail time. However, a skilled Pennsylvania student defense lawyer may be able to utilize any number of strategies to get your charges dropped or significantly reduced, depending on the nature of the crime. 

The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program is another option for college students who are first-time offenders. This pre-trial intervention is meant to give non-violent offenders who don’t have an existing criminal history a chance to participate in ARD, similar to probation. With successful completion of the program, the student’s record is wiped clean. 

Choosing a Pennsylvania Student Defense Attorney

Given the extent of possible punishments for possible criminal charges levied against college students, it is imperative to choose a Pennsylvania student defense lawyer with experience and skill. We know how to craft a robust defense that suits the criminal allegations to ensure that a young life is not ruined by a simple mistake or unfair accusation. 

Even those charges that are seemingly minor can be consequential to your future. What may have started as a simple mistake can be an issue that follows you for the rest of your life. Given the severity of a criminal accusation, you need an attorney on which you can rely to consider how the implications of your case outcome might affect you in other areas of your life. 

Significant charges that fall under the felony category can impact your ability to land a job, find a place to live, own a firearm or even run for public office one day. This is why it is so vital to work with a law firm you can trust, one that has your best interests at heart both now and when it comes to your future. 

Pennsylvania has very stringent laws governing some more common student crimes, such as DUI and underage drinking. As such, having a Pennsylvania student defense lawyer is essential to a favorable case outcome. The stakes for your future are much too high to leave to chance.

Schedule a Case Review with a Pennsylvania Student Defense Lawyer

Being accused of a crime as a college student can be confusing and scary, especially if you have never been in this situation before. If you require a Pennsylvania student defense attorney, Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. may help. We specialize in various practice areas that run the gamut from drug crimes to traffic offenses and beyond. If you are a college student in need of criminal defense, you need an attorney you can trust. We can be that team for you. 

Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. is an award-winning law firm with accolades that include U.S. News—Best Law Firms 2021 and AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®. Schedule a free consultation with a skilled Pennsylvania student defense lawyer today. Call 215-822-7575 or contact us online. We are located right off Route 309, in Colmar, Hatfield Township, and offer free and convenient parking. We also maintain a Newtown, PA location.