Crimes On Campus
Skilled Defense For Those Charged With Crimes On Campus In Pennsylvania
If you need advice about the best ways to approach a criminal case arising on a college or university campus, call the McClenahen Law Firm P.C. in State College at 814-308-0870 for a free consultation. We represent students and others in a wide range of criminal cases common in college towns, including public drunkenness, possession of a small amount of marijuana, assault, delivery of a controlled substance and sex offenses. Our goal is to resolve the charges as favorably as possible while protecting the student’s ability to remain enrolled in school and ultimately obtain employment or acceptance to graduate school.
Experienced Defense Counsel For Crimes At Penn State University
An arrest on campus or in the borough of State College not only exposes you to the risk of incarceration, fines and the consequences of a criminal record, but it can also jeopardize your ability to live in the dorms, receive financial aid or federally subsidized student loans, or be eligible for honors programs. More serious charges can result in suspension or expulsion from the university. The advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you resolve the immediate criminal charges while also addressing the school’s conduct discipline process.
At Penn State and other schools, criminal charges normally lead to a meeting with either the director or an associate director of the Office of Student Conduct, which is part of the Penn State Student Affairs department. These school officials try to maintain consistency among students with similar fact patterns, so your lawyer needs both familiarity with the standard range of sanctions and the ability to distinguish one case from another to justify a lighter punishment.
If a student chooses to contest charges, there are different procedures depending on the type of case. Thus, it is important to have a lawyer who understands how Penn State’s conduct discipline process works if you have been wrongfully accused and are requesting a hearing.
Skilled Representation In All Criminal Cases
Matt McClenahen offers his clients comprehensive and thorough representation in resolving both the criminal court and student conduct discipline aspects of the following types of cases:
- Drug possession and drug felonies
- Alcohol offenses, such as underage drinking or providing alcohol to minors, public drunkenness or disorderly conduct
- Property crimes, such as burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief retail theft (shoplifting)
- Sex crimes
- Harassment or stalking
- Title IX cases
- Computer crimes
Whenever possible, attorney McClenahen will work toward the eventual dismissal of the criminal charges through the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program or an alternative adjudication of a summary offense, but when necessary, we have the experience and trial skills to mount an effective defense as well.