When parents send their children off to college, many do not realize the potential legal difficulties some of their young adult offspring may face if they wind up arrested at college. While making the decision to move away from home to live either on-campus or closer to their college, students may throw caution to the wind and forget that they must now independently be responsible for all behavior.
The college years are filled with great expectations as well as new-found freedom at every turn. When this lack of supervision gives way to criminal behavior, young adults find themselves asking parents to bail them out. If a student finds themselves arrested at college, serious problems will arise. A lot can be done with an effective criminal defense lawyer. However, it helps to understand how trouble can begin in the first place.
Criminal Charges in College: “A conviction is forever”
Most college freshmen are teenagers prone to the juvenile ideas, urges, and impulses of that age group reinforced by group life on residential campuses. The discipline they must exert daily for long, tiresome hours of sedentary study and class attendance is usually difficult for such vibrant individuals, who at times welcome cheap thrills as entertaining diversions from their boredom and frustration over long periods of necessary but resented self-restraint. Some students find such diversions in bottle bombs.
Ask anyone in a career position or working in a professional capacity, and the idea of what happens if charged with a crime will send shivers through that person. While the American legal process follows the premise of innocent until proven guilty, most people know that just the presence of a criminal charge or indictment is enough to be a scarlet letter on a person’s name.
If a person is lucky, the criminal charge that has been filed doesn’t end up in the local newspaper. The press love to run stories on someone being targeted in an investigation, but they also tend to focus on big crimes versus petty issues. However, as soon as it does go to print, a person in a job plays the roll of the dice as to whether anyone has read the local paper that day or not. He will likely hold onto his job until criminal charges get filed, and job visits by the police will evolve into a work suspension. Employers often use “paid-leave” to get a suspected person out of the office until a termination goes through.
Cases where police officers feel “forced” to shoot a dog are scattered across the United States. Within the last year, there have been a number of instances in the state of California where a police officer shot and killed or severely injured dogs while in the course of an investigation or in response to a call. Here are some of the cases:
Making any kind of allegation against anyone should never be considered a small endeavor. Whether it’s against a co-worker, contractor, or even your spouse. But when an allegation of misconduct or some kind of professional misbehavior is aimed at a sworn police officer or sheriff—that rule holds just as strongly.
Filing an official complaint against a law enforcement agency or local department is serious business. It can waste government resources, get people into all sorts of trouble; and in serious situations someone can get fired or charged criminally.
It can even backfire if done for the wrong reasons: Penal Code 148.5 makes it a criminal offense to knowingly make a false report of a criminal act. And if that doesn’t deter you, you should at least know that an officer has the right to sue someone for knowingly filing a false personnel complaint. (Civil Code 47.5).
So the warning above would obviously apply to someone who would be reporting police misconduct for the wrong reasons. What about the right reasons? For example, serious misconduct allegations such as these police misconduct.
Everybody wants the best. This is especially true when they’re in trouble. When someone has to file bankruptcy, they want the best. Divorce? They want the best. Hurt in an accident? Only the best.
What about criminal defense attorneys? Sure, why not?
This article post is intended to put some misguided perceptions of police brutality to the test. Many videos that are posted on the Internet, high profile and disturbing cases on TV, as well as personal experiences of people we know can distort the truth. Extreme experiences will often propel extreme viewpoints—especially to those who had preconceived notions to begin with. Here are some important points to consider.
When someone has reached the height of their fury and anger from an arrest or search by officers, they desire all kinds of retribution. One of the most common ideas that come to mind is bringing a lawsuit against the department that employs the officers where the fury is directed towards. Sometimes it’s the right idea. Many times it’s the wrong idea. Few people know what their rights truly are—and this can complicate things in a very serious way.
With most criminal charges, it doesn’t take much to figure out that the lion’s share come from activities that take place during the night. When it comes to disorderly conduct, this is no exception.
Take alcohol, a crowd, music, and the additional element of the opposite sex, people will sometimes come across trouble whether or not they are looking for it.
When the protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street began, the demonstrators gathered in New York City’s financial district to voice their displeasure with what they perceived as unequal economics and social corruption. Proclaiming themselves to be the 99 percent, a term coined for the group’s image as the American majority, the protestors congregated in Zuccotti Park on September 17, 2011. This was the first of several similar demonstrations held in financial districts, public parks, and college campuses across the nation.
A little over a month ago, Orange County lost an amazing and honorable man. The former chief of police and city manager, James “Mitch” Waller, was suddenly taken from us in a tragic accident. The City of Westminster, and the Police Department’s finest, honor and mourn one of the best there was.
I had the pleasure of meeting up with him for coffee just two weeks prior to hearing the shocking news. I considered him friend and mentor.
It was his legendary advice I was seeking that day and out of a million other obligations–he made the time.