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College Student Defense

 If you have been charged with a crime, it can stay with you for the rest of your life. This is especially a problem when you are underage or a minor. Your future may be negatively impacted due to what may seem to be a minor charge. It is important to take action to protect your future or the future of your child.

Ann Arbor Lawyer Offering Experienced College Student Representation

At the office of Stacey M. Washington, Attorney and Counselor, I provide my underage and adult clients with experienced criminal defense representation. Using my experience as a former prosecutor for the city of Ann Arbor, I work to design a defense that will best protect my underage clients, whether it requires trial or a plea agreement negotiated with prosecutors.

Underage And College Student Charges Like Minor In Possession

With the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University located nearby, I have represented numerous college students who find themselves charged with a crime. My clients have been students from these schools and students from other schools who are in town visiting or for a sporting event. Some of the more common criminal charges that college students face include:

  • Minor in possession (MIP) of alcohol or other drugs
    • A first MIP charge is a civil infraction, but subsequent MIP offenses are charged as misdemeanors and can result in the loss of a driver’s license
  • Urinating in public
  • Underage drunk driving (DUI/DWI)
  • Fake ID/false identification
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Shoplifting/retail fraud
  • Vandalism
  • Noise violations
  • Traffic tickets

A conviction for many types of criminal offenses may result in your suspension or expulsion from school. It may also affect your ability to secure a residence or obtain financial aid for school, and it could cost you your driving privileges. To prevent or minimize any punishment or negative consequences, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has represented minors and college students.

Do not risk your future or your child’s future by ignoring the criminal charges or underage offenses that are pending. Failure to properly respond may result in a warrant for arrest being issued. Contact me, attorney Stacey M. Washington, today to schedule an appointment to discuss your rights and options.