Defense Of Crimes On Campus In Massachusetts
I am attorney Nicole Colby Longton. I represent students and local residents in crimes ranging from minors in possession of alcohol to possession to drug distribution and sexual assault. I strive to resolve the charges on the most favorable terms possible while protecting a student’s record, academic standing and future career prospects.
A college student in this precarious situation needs the immediate advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with college disciplinary matters. As an experienced Worcester college student criminal defense lawyer, I can help you resolve the criminal charges while also protecting your standing with the college. I am intimately familiar with the disciplinary process at every local college as well as the range of sanctions. In fact, I have litigated school disciplinary matters in state and federal court — protecting students’ rights to a fair and impartial disciplinary process.
Massachusetts college student facing a criminal charge? For a free and confidential consultation to discuss college student crime defense, contact me today. I can sit down and discuss with you your best options in moving forward.
Experienced Defense Counsel For Crimes Involving Students At:
When a college student is arrested, his or her entire future is in jeopardy. In addition to the standard risk of incarceration, fines and the consequences of a criminal record, a student’s arrest can also jeopardize everything from his or her on-campus housing to financial aid. Often times, the college’s own disciplinary process will be triggered by the student’s arrest — and the college process often moves much faster than the criminal case.
It is not uncommon for a student to be brought before a disciplinary board within days or even hours of the alleged criminal activity; many local colleges have discouraged students to seek counsel, and instead “advise” the students to defend themselves at the hearing by “telling their side of the story.” Often times, the students are told that failure to testify at the hearing can result in immediate sanctions, including expulsion. Unfortunately however, this is only part of the story. The college often fails to tell the students that telling their side of the story may still result in sanctions such as expulsion. Moreover, those very same statements can be turned over to the DA’s office and used against the student in the pending criminal case.
My law office offers my clients comprehensive and skilled services in resolving both the criminal and academic aspects of such charges as the following:
- Drug possession and distribution
- Alcohol offenses such as minor in possession of alcohol, furnishing alcohol to a minor, OUI (drunk driving)
- Property crimes, including larceny, shoplifting, and receiving stolen property
- Sexual crimes, including sexual assault
- Violent crimes, including assault and battery
- Weapons crimes, including possession of a firearm or carrying a dangerous weapon