While a student's years in college can be a valuable experience for living alone, they can also open up the potential for disaster. Students are often faced with a number of circumstances in college that can cause them to make less than favorable judgments. While, much of the time, students do not get into trouble, when they do, they face consequences that can affect their entire life. A student who face criminal charges, or who is accused of violating a school policy can endanger both their professional and academic future. One particular common violation is the destruction of property.
Common Situations Involving Destruction of Property on a College Campus
Students may face a number of different circumstances that can lead to a student participating in the destruction of property. Some of these situations can include:
- Underage Drinking: Much of the time, students who engage in underage drinking have severe impairment on their judgement. This can lead to situations where students may engage in destruction of their own, their friend's, or even University property. While students rarely set forth on a night of heavy drinking anticipating such raucous behavior, the allure of youthful mischief, coupled with alcohol impairment can frequently spur students on to do things they would not otherwise do.
- Vandalism: At times, students may simply choose to vandalize another person's property. Whether this is in the form of graffiti, or destroying or damaging school property, the student is likely to face severe consequences if they are caught in the act.
- Rendering School Resources Unusable: Whether the means were purposeful or accidental, a student that defaces or destroys school property can face serious consequences. This can arise if a student takes books out of the school's library, or if they make use of a school's electronic rental program. This may even extend to furniture in a student's dorm room as well.
How Can Destruction of Property Affect My Standing With My College?
If a student is charged with a vandalism crime, they will also likely face charges from their college or university as well. This can complicate their situation severely. In some cases, a student who is caught by local authorities will face a more difficult situation. Both local authorities and campus authorities will work together to bring charges against the student. Destruction of property often results in criminal fines and sometimes even jail time if the damage has been severe enough, or if this instance is a repeat offense. At the level of the school, a student may face fines and replacement costs, or may even lose housing privileges, or abilities to make use of the school's resources.
Pennsylvania & New Jersey Student Defense Attorney
When a student faces criminal charges or accusations of violations involving the destruction of property, the consequences can be severe. Being found guilty or in violation can mean a student's career and academic prospects may be thrown into jeopardy. Most colleges and universities will involve hearing processes to handle student accusations of violations. A student may find themselves in trouble without knowing where to turn. An attorney can help. Joseph D. Lento has extensive experience defending both criminal charges, as well as violation charges from a university.