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Back to School

Back to School

This month, droves of college students throughout Indiana will return to campus to begin fall classes.  The Indiana University and Purdue University both start classes on August 21.  Butler University begins on August 23 and the University of Indianapolis starts August 28. 

As semesters wind up and wind down, police often increase enforcement.  For example, Indiana Excise Police cited 151 people on 316 charges in Bloomington in April during Little 500 festivities.  http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2017/04/23/excise-police-cite-arrest-151-people-little-500/100814454/.  In addition to excise police, the IU Police Department in Bloomington employs 40 full time police officers in addition to part time officers and student cadets.  http://www.indiana.edu/~iupd/

There is little doubt that as classes begin and students reunite with their classmates, there will be parties, and there will be alcohol.  Similarly, there is little doubt that excise police and university police departments across Indiana will be out policing those parties and making arrests.    

It is not uncommon for a student that has been arrested and alleged to have committed a crime to be afraid of telling his or her parents about those allegations.  It can often be embarrassing and not in line with his or her character or expectations.  However, students reporting those allegations to their parents can possibly help them facilitate obtaining appropriate criminal defense lawyer or an attorney to challenge an administrative proceeding at the school.  In fact, the timing of when an attorney is hired can be critical and could affect the outcome of a criminal or administrative proceeding.   

A student charged with a crime not only faces implications from the criminal charges, but he or she can also face ramifications with respect to their education or a scholarship.  Most colleges and universities have strict codes of conduct and academic standards.  If a university or college learns about information it believes rises to the level of a violation or a potential violation, it can subject a student to an administrative process that addresses their standing or rights within the school.  If a student is found to be in violation of a school policy or rule, that student could face a range of penalties from a letter of reprimand to expulsion.       

If you or someone you know is facing a criminal arrest, a marijuana or alcohol possession charge, or are facing disciplinary or expulsion proceedings a college or university, you should contact an Indiana school discipline attorney to help you with the legal process.  Timing can be critical to ensure that their rights are protected.     

Looking for an Indiana criminal defense or an attorney experienced in expulsion or school discipline proceedings?  Contact the attorneys at Keffer Barnhart LLP today if you have questions or believe your academic, constitutional, or criminal rights have been violated.  We stand ready to provide our clients with trusted representation and accurate information regarding the law and its application to their individualized case.  Act now and contact us today at 1-800-NOT-GUILTY or (317) 857-0160.