Students on break or in school often run into legal issues when they fail to properly plan for the the very real boundaries on and off campus. Universities near the Fort Collins area include:
- Colorado State University
- University of Northern Colorado
- Front Range Community College
- AIMS Community College
Whether it is marijuana possession, car accidents, or theft, college campus crimes can put an end to a student’s grade and future career. Obtaining the best lawyer is a necessary step in protecting yourself from criminal charges.
Most commonly, campus crimes involve:
In Colorado, the felony process starts with a series of hearings in which the accused hears the charges against them and argues their case. This stage includes the preliminary hearing to establish cause, arraignment to plead guilty or not guilty, the pre-trial hearings to establish evidence, and the trial itself. After the trial, a convicted defendant may begin the appeals process. Appeals must be filed within 35 days after either the entry of judgement or the denial of post-trial motions, whichever is later. Appeals mostly take place through paperwork and forms, rather than the courtroom, so many defendants leave the complex appeals process to their appeals lawyer.
Sexual assault defense or rape charges
A conviction in sexual assault or rape can end in jail time and a permanent registrant of the sexual offender’s list. It will also result in deportation from the United States if you are not a U.S. citizen.
Drug busts or drug possession charges
Possession of marijuana is legal for personal use in the state of Colorado. All citizens aged 21 or older are permitted to possess up to one ounce while traveling. They may also keep up to three plants for their own personal use, and keep all of the marijuana they grow as long as they do not travel with it. Up to one ounce of marijuana may be given as a gift, if the recipient is 21 or older.
Citizens of any age may obtain a medical marijuana card from a licensed physician, which permits possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and up to six plants as long as no more than three plants are mature. Minors must have the permission of their parents or legal guardians to receive medical marijuana cards.
Drinking and driving and DUI
For adults 21 or over, Colorado has two tiers of offenses for impaired driving: Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI). Driving with a Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) of .05 to .08 is DWAI, while driving with a BAC greater than .08 is DUI. Both crimes can result in hefty fines, community service, or up to a year of jail time. For adults under 21, driving with a BAC over .02 is DUI.
The best way to avoid a DUI or DWAI conviction is to never drive while intoxicated. When drinking or smoking, it is important to go with friends and designate one person as the official driver. If you drink alone, or your driver starts drinking, then call a taxi. The cost of a taxi ride home is far less than a DUI or DWAI conviction. If you see a friend about to drive while intoxicated, hold them back. They’ll thank you in the morning.
Contact a criminal defense lawyer if you have been charged with college campus crimes.