Criminal Defense Services for College Students
Going to college is one of life’s great adventures, one that comes with extra responsibility. As such, things can sometimes happen that you didn’t expect or plan. Judgements in error happen, especially when you are young. At Hill & Hill, we believe a college education is important. As such, we are happy to represent college students who have been charged with or believe they are going to be charged with a crime at NCTC, TWU, or UNT.
Representing College Students on Common Criminal Offenses
Hill & Hill’s team of experienced, professional attorneys will help you appear at your best in court and will argue your behalf to protect your rights and ability to stay enrolled in college. We have over 20 years of experience representing college students from North Central Texas College, the University of North Texas and Texas Women’s University on criminal charges that include but are not limited to:
DUI & DWI Charges
The state of Texas treats college students the same as any other adult on DUI and DWI convictions. The best thing you can do is contact our offices immediately if you’ve been arrested for a DWI or DUI so we can begin preparing your defense. There are several things that must be done in a time-sensitive manner to protect your license as well as your ability to continue to study and work in the field of your choice.
Possession of Marijuana
The laws on marijuana have changed across the US over the past decade and continue to do so. This means that more and more college students are obtaining marijuana legally in other states and then being arrested when they bring this legally obtained marijuana back into Texas. As of now, and for the foreseeable future, Texas state law still treats any possession of marijuana as a criminal offense, even marijuana obtained legally in Colorado or another state.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that the criminal justice system will “go easy on you” about a possession of marijuana charge. Instead, protect your rights, your education, and your future by calling Hill & Hill to discuss your situation today.
Minor in Consumption (MIC) & Minor in Possession (MIP)
One of the most common charges student at TWU, UNT and NCTC face are Minor in Consumption (MIC) and Minor in Possession (MIP). First-time offenses can meat upward of 8 hours of community service, classes, fines, and more. What’s more, the penalties only get worse on a second offense. You can spend as much as 6 months in prison and pay thousands in fines.
Though you may have heard that these charges are not a big deal, they can be very serious and will also, upon a single conviction, seer your license is suspended in the state of Texas.
Using a Fake ID & Buying Alcohol for Someone Under 21
In the state of Texas, it is illegal to purchase alcohol for someone under 21 or to use a fake ID in order to try to purchase alcohol. Both of these charges are common on college campuses and carry with them hefty fines upon conviction in the state of Texas.
Representing Students at Disciplinary Hearings
Besides representing you in a court of law, Hill & Hill can also represent you at any university-led proceedings or inquiries about any charges of misconduct that may affect your attendance, scholarship, or graduation eligibility.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking criminal charges with the state are the only repercussions you have to face. Call our offices or contact us today to discuss your case to make sure you are represented wherever your rights and academic eligibility are threatened.