Making mistakes and poor decisions is part of growing up. However, some mistakes could have a lasting impact on an individual’s life and severely limit the options available to them going forward.

If your child has come into contact with the criminal justice system while at school, you need an attorney who has experience representing young people in criminal matters. With Collin College and the University of North Texas both having campuses in the area, a Frisco student defense lawyer at Barbieri Law Firm, P.C. is familiar with the consequences of college students’ mistakes.

No one should have to carry youthful mistakes around with them forever. Reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney who will use all of their skills to resolve a matter in a way that allows the student to move forward with their life.

College Students and Criminal Charges

College campuses offer wonderful opportunities for students to learn who they are. This is a necessary thing, but the combination of limited supervision, unfamiliar autonomy, the desire to fit in socially, and in many cases, the presence of alcohol and drugs, could lead a student down the wrong path.

A Frisco student defense lawyer often handles cases involving students who are arrested for a wide array of criminal acts. College students could be accused of any crime, but the most common crimes involving them include:

  • Malicious destruction of property
  • Drug possession
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Sale of controlled substances
  • Theft
  • Sexual abuse and rape
  • Hazing

Hazing is a crime that ensnares many college students, in particular, due to the long history of it amongst many collegiate fraternities and sororities. Texas Education Code § 37.152 makes it a Class B Misdemeanor to engage in hazing that does not cause serious bodily harm, or to fail to report any planned or past hazing. A person suspected of participating in hazing that does cause serious physical harm could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. While anyone who is allegedly involved in hazing that leads to death could be charged with a felony.

Pre-Trial Diversion Programs Available in Frisco

Both Collin County and Denton County offer pre-trial diversion programs that operate like supervised probation before a case is adjudicated. When an accused offender completes the program, the District Attorney’s Office moves to dismiss the charges against them. This offers an opportunity for a young offender to avoid prosecution and the taint of a criminal record.

Both programs require an application, and not all accused offenders are eligible. However, a young person with no history of violent crime is exactly the sort of offender the programs are designed to support. A Frisco student defense attorney could help a student prepare their application and, if necessary, meet with the prosecutor’s office to advocate for their acceptance into pre-trial diversion.

The specific program requirements are tailored to the individual and the offense, but there are some common elements. Participants must sign a contract promising to either remain in school or be employed, abstain from alcohol or drugs, and fully participate in the program for its duration. They acknowledge another arrest could terminate their participation and require them to face criminal charges in court. Students in the programs usually must also complete community service requirements.

Request a Consultation with a Frisco Student Defense Attorney

Not all young offenders will be accepted into pre-trial diversion, and some students may be facing charges for crimes they did not commit. In such cases, a defense attorney could provide zealous advocacy to resolve the charges in the most favorable manner that the circumstances permit.

Any of the distinguished Frisco student defense lawyers at Barbieri Law Firm could craft a disposition that may allow a young person take responsibility for their mistakes without having to pay for them forever. Call today to discuss your situation with a skilled legal professional.

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