Classes are back in session at the University of Memphis, which means students are back on campus trying to find that balance of study and recreation. Finding that homework-fun equation means they can enjoy their pursuit of degrees and career ambitions.
Unfortunately, some students will have their academic pursuits and career goals put in serious jeopardy by an arrest. No matter what the criminal charge a college student might face, it can put an end to education and professional dreams and hopes if it results in a conviction.
According to the University of Memphis Police Services annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report issued last year, many students arrested face allegations in one of several main categories:
- Alcohol violations (drunk driving, public intoxication, etc.)
- Drug violations (possession of marijuana or other illegal substances)
- Domestic violence
A Tennessee DUI conviction can mean jail time, mandatory counseling, fines, loss of your driver’s license and a criminal record that can limit future job and career opportunities. A drug law conviction can likewise put limits on academic and career options, while also meaning potential incarceration or probation (or both) in the present.
A domestic violence conviction can not only affect a person’s earning potential, but also their right to own a firearm and even the right to vote.
All of these serious allegations need to be taken seriously. That means that if you are a student or the parent of a student who has been arrested, it is important to act quickly to defend rights, freedoms and futures.
Contact a Memphis attorney who understands the legal system and the potential damage an arrest and conviction can inflict on a young person’s life.