If you're a college student and you been arrested for a crime, you are probably concerned about how your school will react to the arrest.
The answer depends upon a variety of factors.
One issue is whether or not you are arrested on campus or off campus.
It was an on-campus arrest, It is more likely you will face disciplinary action because the school is involved and aware of whatever the circumstances are. If you have committed an act that violates a state, federal, or municipal law that may well constitute a violation of your school's code of conduct. The school will determine what it believes to be the appropriate action.
If you are arrested off-campus your school may not know about the incident - unless someone directly reports it as a violation of the student disciplinary code. Whether the school is aware of it depends on a number of factors such as how serious was the case and the nature of the case. For example, a student who is arrested off-campus with a small amount of marijuana may not face any consequences at the school if the school is not aware of the circumstances. The more serious the charge, the more likely the school will be aware of what happened in the greater the odds are that you will face some sort of disciplinary action. For example, a student who is arrested for something like rape or robbery- even off-campus - probably will face some sort of disciplinary action because these types of crimes are serious enough that they may be covered through the media and the school may be aware of it. Additionally, the campus police, often work closely with local law enforcement and may decide to report it and they may file a complaint with the school concerning it.
Of course, off-campus crimes may have independent consequences that can directly impact your academic situation. Needless to say, if you are incarcerated for any period of time it may disrupt your studies and you may not be able to complete your semester. A conviction for even a minor crime could affect your ability to maintain or secure employment upon graduation
If you're a student at A&M or UAH or any other college here in North Alabama, and you've been arrested for a crime, the first thing you should do is contact a competent criminal defense lawyer. Your lawyer will guide you and protect you through what is often a dangerous and difficult situation.
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Andrew Segal is a former prosecutor who now represents the accused as a criminal defense attorney in Huntsville, Alabama area courts. Andrew graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, in 1982. During his time at Washington College of Law at American University, he discovered hi...