Your child has worked hard to get into college. However, criminal charges can suddenly dim a bright-looking future.
This is not the time to take a tough-love approach with your child, nor is it the time to chalk this up to young adults being young adults. All criminal charges are serious, and the potential consequences may be harsher than you think.
Your child may face expulsion and be left with a criminal record
Depending on the type of charge, your child could lose their financial aid and find themselves ineligible to receive certain loans. School policy may even call for expulsion for certain criminal offenses. Even if your child manages to avoid these penalties, a conviction will still result in a permanent criminal record. This can make it difficult for your child to find employment and housing—a particularly cruel consequence at a time when your child is supposed to be spreading its wings.
The good news is your child has rights, and defenses are available. It might be possible to have criminal charges reduced. Alternative sentencing options may give your child the opportunity to have the charge dismissed as long as all of the requirements are met. You should discuss your options with a skilled professional.
A dumb mistake shouldn’t ruin your child’s life
Underage drinking at a party or possession of marijuana may not seem like serious crimes. However, these types of charges can have far-reaching consequences. Don’t let a stupid mistake haunt your child for life. Meet these serious charges with the serious criminal defense they deserve.