College student crimes and criminal incidents must be handled by a firm with experience in the complexities of college student defense. Oftentimes when an individual who has been arrested is a college student, many other complications can occur. In the course of 27 years of practice, we have seen countless Administrative Hearings based on the crimes accused also being a violation of the School’s “CODE OF CONDUCT”. We have seen attempts to curtail, restrict, and/or terminate Financial Aid (FAFSA). We’ve also seen criminal defendants being banned from dorm housing and even private apartments that cater primarily to college students.
The handling of a criminal case in college should be handled by a firm with experience in the complexities that occur as a result of the defendant being in college. Students accused of college crimes may even suffer the loss of a scholarship. It is important to understand that most universities do not allow the attendance of a Criminal Defense Attorney at Administrative Hearings. However, our firm has been very successful in matching students/teacher advisors who have helped our clients overcome obstacles based on alleged Code of Conduct violations at universities. The Criminal Defense Center of Miami is in very close proximity to the University of Miami. We are also near many local colleges and South Florida post-secondary institutions.
Every year at this time parents send their kids off to college with the expectation that they will be receiving their education in a safe environment. The reality is that campus-life can be a dangerous place for students. Beyond sex, drugs and alcohol, campus crime is a serious issue even at the top schools. Many parents and students focus on academic rankings when they consider a college or university to attend, but give little thought to the amount and type of crime that occurs on those very same campuses.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, “in 2014 there were 27,000 criminal incidents against persons and property on campus at public and private 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions that were reported to police and security agencies. Among the various types of on-campus crimes reported in 2014, there were 13,500 burglaries, constituting 50 percent of all criminal incidents and college student crimes. Other commonly reported crimes included forcible sex offenses and motor vehicle theft. In addition, 2,100 aggravated assaults and 1,100 robberies were reported.”