College Student Offenses
All too often, college student find themselves charged with a DUI offense. This allegation carries not only the threat of jail time, fines, and a criminal record, but it can also have a negative impact on their educational futures. Most colleges enact their own disciplinary measure on students who have been charged with crimes. This leads college students facing a DUI to two different court situations that they must tackle.
Fortunately, an arrest does not guarantee a conviction in either setting. If you are a college student facing a charge of driving while under the influence, an Ohio criminal defense attorney can help defend you against these accusations. An experienced lawyer can be invaluable in both a legal court room and your college's disciplinary hearing.
Ohio College Student DUI Attorney
Brian Joslyn has defended dozens of students from Ohio's colleges against a range of DUI offenses. He has personally experienced the stress of fighting a legal battle, and at Joslyn Law Firm, his legal team determined to fight for every client's future. Your college education and future opportunities are at stake and you need the help of an attorney who knows what you're up against.
Call (614) 444-0900 today to schedule your free consultation. An attorney at Joslyn Law Firm can analyze your situation and help determine the best course of action for both of the legal battles ahead of you.
The Consequences of a DUI Conviction for a College Student
Ohio law outlines that to be charged with driving under the influence, the driver must be either impaired to the point of being unsafe or they must have a BAC of over .08. If the individual is arrested, they will face potential consequences that increase in severity based on their prior criminal record. Or a first time offender, penalties include 72 to 180 days in prison, a fine of up to $1,075 and a suspension of their driving privileges.
In addition, if the driver is in under the age of 21, they may also be faced with a charge of underage alcohol consumption. This offense carries the potential for up to 6 months in prison, a fine of up to $1,000, probation, and community service. You could be facing both offense simultaneously, leading to combined potential consequences that are very serious.
Colleges in Columbus, Ohio
Ohio is home to many schools for higher education, including:
- Ohio State University
- Ohio Dominican University
- DeVry University
- Franklin University
For the many students that attend these Universities, a DUI charge could be devastating. With your entire school career in Ohio at stake, you need to ensure that you have an attorney who won't back down from a challenge.
Facing a DUI as an Ohio State University Student
Ohio State University's policies regarding student disciplinary hearings states that a lawyer may advise a student regarding their hearing, but may not actually represent the student at the hearing. Although you lawyer cannot physically speak for you at the hearing, the help of an attorney is still invaluable in this situation. Your lawyer can help you gather the evidence necessary to defend you, help you understand the steps that you'll be going through, and guide you through the best strategy to defend yourself against this accusation.
Resources for College Students Facing an OVI in Ohio
Ohio State University's Code of Student Conduct – This section of the student conduct guide outlines the steps involved when a student is accused of an offense.
Finding an Attorney to Defend a College Student in Ohio
As a student, you have so much at stake when faced with a DUI charge. Your entire future is on the line, and you need to be sure that you have an attorney on your side that is determined to defend you in a challenging situation. You're already under pressure at school, and the attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm can reduce the stress of a DUI charge while keeping you informed through each step as they proactively form a defensive strategy for your situation. Call to set up your free consultation and start protecting your future.