Fighting For Important Causes In State And Federal Courts
A criminal charge can derail any person’s future – but for college students in Pennsylvania, the consequences can be especially devastating. Not only do students face steep fines, victim restitution, and months or even years of prison time – they also risk being expelled or suspended, depending on the severity of the offense. They could lose their job, their internship, or even their scholarship, setting their future back by years.
Between the court-ordered penalties, the lost academic and professional opportunities, and the damage to their reputation, a criminal charge can destroy everything that your son or daughter has worked so hard to achieve. Make sure you take swift and effective action to protect your child’s future. If your son or daughter was arrested and charged with a crime at college, look to Shubin Law for aggressive legal representation. Pennsylvania defense lawyer Andrew Shubin has years of experience defending college students against a wide array of felony and misdemeanor charges, and is ready to put his experience to work for your family. For a free consultation, contact us online, or call (814) 867-3115 today.
Campus Crimes Our Student Defense Attorneys Handle
Any person can be charged with any crime, regardless of his or her age. However, some types of offenses tend to be more prevalent among college students and young adults, such as drunk driving, marijuana possession, and hazing-related charges.
At Shubin Law, our accomplished legal team possesses the knowledge, the skill, and the experience to strategically defend students facing a broad range of criminal charges in Pennsylvania, from high-level felony charges to minor offenses like disorderly conduct. Some of the most common campus crimes that college student defense lawyer Andrew Shubin handles include the following:
- Drug possession, distribution, and trafficking charges
- Ecstasy (molly)
- LSD (acid)
- Marijuana (cannabis, pot, weed)
- Prescription painkillers (OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Xanax)
- Psilocybin mushrooms (magic mushrooms)
- DUI/DWI charges (driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated)
- DUI with drugs
- Open container violations
- Repeat DUI
- Sex crimes
- Indecent exposure (flashing)
- Rape and sexual assault
- “Revenge porn” offenses
- Theft and property crimes
- Criminal mischief (vandalism)
- Identity theft
- Violent crimes and weapons possession
- Simple assault
- Aggravated assault
- Gun possession
- Other common campus crimes
- Disorderly conduct
- Hate crimes
- Public intoxication
- Resisting arrest
- Underage drinking/fake IDs
If you or one of your family members was charged with these or other offenses while attending a college, community college, or university in Pennsylvania, the dedicated college crime defense attorneys at Shubin Law are here to help.
Criminal Penalties for College Students in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania has two criminal justice systems: the system through which adult defendants are processed, and a separate juvenile justice system for minors. In some cases, minors as young as 14 can be tried as adults in Pennsylvania, depending on the circumstances. Since most college students are age 18 or older upon matriculation, most will face adult court procedures – and adult penalties – if charged with and convicted of a criminal offense.
The penalties for a crime depend heavily on how that crime is categorized, or “graded.” In Pennsylvania, there are three broad categories of crimes: summary offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies.
Misdemeanors are divided into three subcategories: third degree misdemeanors, second degree misdemeanors, and first degree misdemeanors. First degree misdemeanors are the most serious, meaning a first degree misdemeanor will generally result in harsher penalties than a misdemeanor of the second or third degree.
Like misdemeanors in Pennsylvania, felonies are also split into three subgroups: third degree felonies, second degree felonies, and first degree felonies. As is true of first degree misdemeanors, first degree felonies are considered the most serious among non-capital felony offenses, meaning they carry greater penalties than lesser felonies. The maximum penalties for felonies, misdemeanors, and summary offenses in Pennsylvania are generally as follows:
- Summary Offenses
- Fine – $300
- Sentence – 90 days
- Third Degree Misdemeanors
- Fine – $2,000
- Sentence – 1 year
- Second Degree Misdemeanors
- Fine – $5,000
- Sentence – 2 years
- First Degree Misdemeanors
- Fine – $10,000
- Sentence – 5 years
- Third Degree Felonies
- Fine – $15,000
- Sentence – 7 years
- Second Degree Felonies
- Fine – $25,000
- Sentence – 10 years
- First Degree Felonies
- Fine – $25,000
- Sentence – 20 years
It’s important to note that some statutes create exceptions to the aforementioned penalties, specifying that even harsher punishments may or must be imposed. Judges may also seek to impose additional penalties beyond fines and incarceration, such as mandatory counseling, mandatory community service, or suspension of the offender’s license, depending on the case.
Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers for College Students
At Shubin Law, our college crime lawyers are committed to upholding and protecting the constitutional rights of students throughout the state of Pennsylvania. No matter how serious the charges against your son or daughter may be, Andrew Shubin and his dedicated team can fight for reduced penalties, reduced charges, or even a complete dismissal of the charges.
We have a long track record of obtaining acquittals and other favorable outcomes for student defendants – even in challenging, high-stakes criminal cases. Our mission is to protect your family’s future. For a free legal consultation with an experienced criminal attorney, contact us online today, or call Shubin Law at (814) 867-3115.