College students have a lot on their plates, which makes occasionally going out to the bars or a party for a needed respite.
A few too many drinks may lead to a fight or other activity that results in criminal charges. In Virginia, people ages 18 to 34 accounted for more than half of assault arrests in 2021. Unfortunately, letting tempers flair affects more than just one night.
1. Financial aid woes
Along with the financial penalties and potential jail time, a conviction may lead to the inability to get financial aid. Depending on the type of crime, lenders may decide that the criminal activity equates to untrustworthiness, which means a potential denial, reduction or revocation of aid.
2. School discipline
After dealing with a court sentence, a student may also face disciplinary action from the school. Each school has its own set of rules, which may include suspension or expulsion.
3. Reputation damage
While everyone deserves a second chance, society does not always work that way. Students involved in sports or extracurricular activities may find themselves booted from the team or group. Unfortunately, social media has proven a devastating and easy method for gossip. The associated stress has a lasting effect on young minds beginning the start of adulthood.
4. Future job limitations
Even after graduation, having a criminal record may impact the ability to get that perfect job. Some fields have stricter requirements, immediately tossing applications from convicted criminals to the wayside.
Mistakes happen, especially in the midst of an exciting event or outing. The right legal assistance may help ease the current and future situation.