Let’s face it, alcohol is an ever-present factor for many young adults on college campuses. College students often attend tailgates, parties, bars, and many other social functions where there is almost always a presence of alcohol. So what happens when the night takes an unfortunate turn and your son, daughter, or other loved one ends up facing an alcohol-related criminal charge?
What is an alcohol-related criminal charge?
Typically, an alcohol-related criminal charge requires the presence or consumption of alcohol as an element of the offense. For instance:
- Underage Possession of Alcohol
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI)
- Drunk in Public or Public Intoxication
- Open Container or Drinking in Public
- Boating Under the Influence (BUI/BWI)
However, there are many other crimes that occur as a result of one’s lowered inhibitions from alcohol. For example:
What are the consequences for an alcohol-related criminal charge?
Many of the charges listed above are Class 1 misdemeanors. A Class 1 misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of up to twelve (12) months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine. Additionally, some of the above listed crimes also carry extra penalties such as the loss of a driver’s license or required attendance at a substance abuse program.
Nevertheless, many college students find the most troubling consequence to be the conviction itself. Employers and Graduate Program Admissions Offices often use an applicant’s criminal record to filter out the rejected from the accepted. It is therefore imperative that a college student make every effort to avoid a conviction for an alcohol-related criminal charge.
Can Goff Voltin, PLLC help?
The attorneys of Goff Voltin, PLLC serve the following areas: Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, James City County, Norfolk, Portsmouth, York County, Poquoson, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Isle of Wight, Smithfield, Virginia Beach, Gloucester, New Kent County, and Charles City
Additionally, the attorneys at Goff Voltin, PLLC also regularly represent students from the following universities and colleges:
- Christopher Newport University (CNU)
- Hampton University (HU)
- Old Dominion University (ODU)
- William & Mary
- Regent University
- Norfolk State University (NSU)
- And local area Community Colleges
Not only will the attorneys at Goff Voltin, PLLC assist with the underlying criminal charge, but they can also provide legal assistance for the various disciplinary proceedings college students may face from their respective university or college. Call us today to discuss your individual situation further.
What about the parents of the college student?
Many times the parents are also impacted when their college student is charged with an alcohol-related offense. Because of this unique dynamic, the attorneys of Goff Voltin, PLLC, will, with the client’s (college student) consent, keep the parents apprised of the entire criminal process. Parents can also finance the representation for the college student. Goff Voltin, PLLC accepts most major credit cards and will take payments over the phone. Call us today to discuss more!