Students are uniquely situated under the law. K-12 students, for example, have very limited privacy rights once they enter school grounds. College Students are often residences, but not property owners, and so face a number of potential issues with landlords. High School and College are, for better or for worse, a time of exploration and experimentation, and while this can be a source of growth, it can also have legal ramifications. Underage drinking, DWI, assault, drugs, property damage, and perhaps even serious charges of criminal sexual conduct, are all potential criminal issues that students face. How a student, in the beginning of their adult life, or in their juvenile life, handles their first legal issues can be very consequential for their adult life and career opportunities. Further, students often don’t have personal access to a great deal of capital, and law enforcement, prosecutors, landlords and lawyers often take advantage of the youth and inexperience of a young defendant.
College students often living in dorms or other housing with a particular set of legal regulations as well as campus rules. Legal violations, or violations of campus regulations, can often impede a college student’s ability to live on campus, study abroad, play on a sports team, keep a scholarship, or participate in their institution in other meaningful ways. More serious infractions can call for the expulsion of a student altogether, not to mention the obviously consequences to liberty and finances that criminal accusations can lead to. Many attorney have experience advising and representing college students in these circumstances, both in a court of law, and before internal collegiate disciplinary boards. If you are facing criminal charges, or serious disciplinary action from a college or university, you need to contact qualified attorneys.
Contrary to their portrayal on television, College Fraternities and Sororities are often noble institutions which encourage academic excellence and form deep social bonds that can last a lifetime. They also provide an excellent platform for networking and opportunities later in life. Unfortunately, from time to time, some Greek organizations seek to imitate, to one degree or another, the stereotypes which characterize their image in comedy movies. This can lead not only to individual criminal charges, but liability for the tenants of a Fraternity-owned or occupied property, and for the organization as a whole.
Most college Fraternities have implemented a “risk management policy” or similar program that recommends they seek the services of an attorney. If you part of leadership for a college Fraternity, or other Greek organization, you should seek counsel in advance, and have a trusted source of counsel and advice at your disposal.
Landlord Tenant Law
If you live in an apartment or rent from a homeowner, you should know that you have a number of rights. It’s not simply a matter of whether you’re being evicted or not. You have a right, as a renter, to a safe, clean, and functional residence to live in. If you are experiencing a threat of eviction, or are paying rent to live in a sub-standard condition, most lawyers of have the resources at their disposal to ensure your rights are respected and enforced.
Juveniles accused of a crime are automatically appointed the services of the Public Defender, regardless of household income. However, they have the right to seek out private counsel with or without the assistance of their parents. Many are under the illusion that a juvenile record isn’t meaningful, or that a juvenile’s record is wiped clean after they turn 18. This is false. Juvenile adjudications, even for misdemeanors, can affect employment and the ability to secure housing as an adult. While most juvenile records are private, there are a number of exceptions to this, and some employers and universities are asking applicants to specifically waive this privacy as a condition of acceptance. Juvenile records are permanent, and some juvenile convictions are in fact public depending on the charge, and the age of the juvenile. If your son or daughter has been charged with a crime, they are facing numerous potential consequences, and you need to contact an attorney right away.
Contact A Minneapolis Student Law Lawyer
If you are a student or the parent of a student whose rights have been violated, you have the right to seek legal representation. You may seek damages for the violations that have taken place and to also ensure that no other students have to go through the same issues you or your child have.