Dealing with an Arrest as a South Carolina College Student
Being arrested and charged with a crime as a college student can have lasting effects on your personal life and professional career. If you are a college student facing criminal charges, don’t wait to reach out to our law firm. The sooner you have a trusted, experienced lawyer on your side, the sooner we can begin building your defense, and the greater your chances of a successful outcome with your SC College Student Criminal Charges.
Strom Law Firm, LLC has experience defending students from every South Carolina university and college, including the University of South Carolina, Clemson, Winthrop, and others. Our attorneys defend all types of state and federal criminal charges, and we practice in every court in Columbia and across South Carolina.
There’s no doubt you are attending college in order to improve your future and your career options. An arrest, especially one that leads to a conviction, can upend all that you were working towards. We believe that making a mistake in college should not detrimentally impact your entire future.
Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your case can mean the difference between a clean record that leads to a bright and successful future, and spending time behind bars, which comes with a long list of detrimental consequences. Don’t put your future in jeopardy, schedule a free consultation with our lawyers today. We will discuss your case, explain your options, and you can find out how our law firm can help you get through this difficult time.
Charges That South Carolina College Students Commonly Face
At Strom Law Firm, LLC, we handle every criminal charge that college students face. Some of the most common charges we handle include:
- Minor In Possession
- Drug crimes
- Alcohol-related offenses
We also handle:
- Fake ID
- Sex crimes
- Title IX investigations
- Violent crimes: assault and battery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest
- Theft crimes
- Hazing and related offenses
If you’ve been charged with any of the above crimes or a crime not listed, we are here to help. Being arrested does not mean you are guilty. You have rights. You need a rigorous and experienced defense to ensure your future is not compromised. A consultation with our skilled attorneys is always free. Find out how Strom Law Firm, LLC can help.
What Can Happen If You Are Convicted of a Crime as a College Student
The penalties you face if convicted can include everything from community service and fines, all the way to jail time and incarceration in the prison system. But as a college student, you can face even further punitive sanctions from your school’s officials and administration, including:
- Academic Discipline, including possible expulsion, suspension, or school probation
- Loss of financial aid or scholarships
- Forfeiture of assets
- Loss of student/on-campus housing privileges
- Difficulty being admitted to academic programs
College is hard enough without having to incur substantial time away from your classes and your studies. Even if your conviction doesn’t result in a lengthy sentence, expulsion or suspension can significantly alter your academic career.
Students should be in the classroom, not the courtroom. Let our experienced team of lawyers, investigators, law clerks, and paralegals help make that a reality. If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, call for a consultation today. We have years of experience dealing with SC College Student Criminal Charges from USC, Clemson, and colleges throughout South Carolina. We are ready to help with your case.
How Will SC College Student Criminal Charges Affect Your Future?
Facing any kind of accusations is devastating, but, if you are a college student, it may come with even more anxiety. Aside from the potential court punishments, aspects of your college career and future prospects could be at risk. A criminal record in the state of South Carolina could hinder your career prospects, enrollment in graduate and professional school, and your eligibility for campus housing, financial aid, and even academic enrollment. An arrest and conviction can especially affect F-1 student visas and foreign exchange students.
Defending college students facing criminal charges is a complex task, which is why our years of experience matter. We have defended criminal cases for more than 24 years, and our attorneys understand that the penalties for college students involve factors outside of regular laws. Even more importantly, our lawyers understand this is possibly the most difficult time in your life, and that understanding is the basis for our relationship with you.
USC Student Arrest Rates Are Up
Columbia, South Carolina is a college town. The criminal defense lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC have handled many cases involving USC students. We believe that a misdemeanor criminal charge in college should not detrimentally impact a student’s future. Currently, the Columbia Police and the University of South Carolina Police are cracking down on minors in possession, DUIs, fake IDs, drug-related crimes and violent crimes in the Five Points area of Columbia near the University of South Carolina campus.
If you are a student and you have been arrested or charged with one of these crimes, or if you are a parent whose son or daughter has been charged, we are here to help. Sit down with our lawyers during a free consultation, and we will discuss your SC College Student Criminal Charges with you and help you understand your options. Let us help so that an arrest in college does not jeopardize your future or the future of your loved one.