College is often thought of as a time for individuals to grow as people and become more aware of themselves. The college environment fosters this process, as students are allowed to remain in a space without the constant supervision of their parents or guardians. While this normally beneficial, the lack of parent input in a student's decision making can sometimes lead to lapses in judgment. This means that a student will often be faced with circumstances that test their decision-making ability. One such circumstance is a situation that involves drugs. Drug possession, use, and sale are actions taken very seriously by a college, and a student may find themselves in trouble with both their academic institution and the law.
Common Situations Involving Drug Crimes on a College Campus
A student may find themselves faced with a number of circumstances that can lead to them being charged with a drug crime. These situations can include the following:
- Drugs Being Used at a Party: When a student is nearby another using drugs, they may get caught up in suspicion that they are the actual user. A common situation where this arises is in the "party" environment of a college. Students may simply be in attendance, but not participating in any drug use. Unfortunately local or campus authorities may group them in with other drug users.
- Drugs in a Student's Room: Students who keep drugs in their room may be accused of possession of drugs. This can happen even if it is simply a student's roommate who is in actual possession of the drugs.
- Selling Drugs: Sometimes students may be accused of selling drugs on their college campus. Doing so can land them in trouble with both school and state authorities.
How Can Accusations of Drug Crimes Affect My Standing With My College?
When a student faces accusations of sale, possession, or use of drugs, they will likely face difficulty across two fronts: their university as well as the local authorities. This can be complicated, especially since universities will likely work together with local authorities to share evidence that will eventually be used against a student. on the criminal front, a student risks having their clean record and freedom taken away from them. From the university, a student can potentially lose access to campus housing, and, depending on the circumstances, may face suspension or expulsion from the university.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey Student Defense Attorney
Because of the complex nature of charges against students, a student's entire future can be at risk when they face accusations of drug crimes. Charges of drug crimes can be difficult to fight on the criminal level, and even more so throughout the university hearing process, which has a much lower evidence standard. An attorney can help. Joseph D. Lento is a defense attorney with extensive experience defending students at college disciplinary hearings and in the court of law.