Wichita Falls Student Defense Attorney
Arrests of college students in the Wichita Falls area often occur on the campus of Midwestern State University and in surrounding areas. It is important to contact an attorney that has successful student criminal defense experience as soon as possible. College students often have multiple concerns after a criminal arrest, such as:
- Preserving a clean record
- Preventing expulsion from the university
- Protecting eligibility for extracurricular activities such as sports
- Staying out of jail whenever possible
- Mitigating damage to current and future academic and career prospects
Students Aged 21 And Older
Being arrested is frightening and potentially damaging for any student, regardless of age. If a student is 21 or older, a misdemeanor or felony conviction will have as much weight as any adult crime. Students often fall into trouble with the law after crowd dynamics pull them into a fight, brawl, protest or rowdy event. Students and their families should not expect leniency in the criminal defense justice system just because “many students do the same things.” A criminal record is a punishment that does not go away. A criminal arrest demands a prompt, decisive response and an aggressive defense. Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after any encounter with law enforcement on a college campus or elsewhere.
Students Younger Than 21
Underage students, on the other hand, face the zero-tolerance standard that applies whenever alcohol is involved. A DWI arrest involving a driver younger than 21 can result from any level of blood alcohol. There is no .08 minimum as in the case of an adult driver’s DWI case.
Criminal Charges At Midwestern State University And Elsewhere
Frank D. Trotter, P.C., is a valuable resource for students at Midwestern State University as well as students of other area colleges and high schools who have been charged with crimes including
- Alcohol-related arrests, such as underage drinking or public intoxication
- Disorderly conduct
- Marijuana possession or distribution
- Date rape
- Statutory rape
Whatever the criminal charges, whatever the age of the student defendant and whatever venue the arrest occurred at (a fraternity house, campus student residence, a vehicle, a commercial establishment or a football stadium, for example), a strong defense is essential. For advice and help, contact Texas criminal law attorney Frank D. Trotter by calling 940-257-2594 or submitting an email query.