When Your College Roommate Causes Legal Trouble

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

College roommates can be a blessing and a curse. Get a good one and you have a live-in study buddy and confidant who can accompany you on all sorts of adventures – but get a bad one and you can end up with a seemingly endless array of problems on your hands. Aside from the annoying day-to-day stuff like hosting noisy parties, eating all your food, and piling dirty dishes in the sink, an irresponsible roommate can sometimes take things too far and do things that are stupid and downright dangerous – not to mention against your school's code of conduct.

When your roommate gets in trouble, you could be dragged down with them. You could even wind up facing charges that will jeopardize your education and your career. So what can you do if your over-the-top roommate gets into hot water and pulls you in with them? It can be extremely frustrating if you're facing a charge of violating your school's code of conduct – especially when you wanted no part of the wrongdoing in the first place – but there may be ways to clear your record and get back on track at school.

Guilty By Association

If your roommate gets caught doing something that's against university policy, you could be penalized as well simply because of your association with them. This is especially true if your roommate is doing or selling drugs in your dorm room or apartment. If campus authorities perform a search of your shared living space and find illegal substances in common areas, you might need to prove the drugs weren't yours, which can be tricky. In some cases, the punishment for drug-related activity can include dismissal from the university, so it is imperative to consult an attorney-advisor immediately.

Similarly, if your roommate gets caught throwing a party where prohibited activities such as underage vaping or drinking take place, you could also be held responsible. These gatherings are almost certainly against your university's code of conduct, which means you could be kicked out of school. If this is your situation, you probably want to make it very clear that the party was your roommate's doing, not yours. Consult an attorney-advisor before you say anything that could make the problem worse.

What To Do If Your Roommate Gets You in Trouble

If you're facing university misconduct charges because of something your college roommate did, it's time to contact an experienced attorney-advisor who knows how to defend you and protect your education and future. Attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm team specialize in student defense, having successfully defended countless students across the country. He knows how to gather the appropriate evidence and work within the university's process to prove your innocence.

With the Lento Law Firm on your side, you have the best shot at a favorable outcome in your case. Call 888.535.3686 or contact us online today to start preparing your defense.

About the Author

Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Contact Us Today!

If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact the Lento Law Firm today, and let us help secure your academic career.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations - the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, and York County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.