Understanding High School and College Crimes

High school and college students are very likely to succumb to peer pressure. Unfortunately, giving in to this pressure can inadvertently result in breaking the law which can ultimately lead to conviction.

High school and college students have a propensity to commit crime. No matter what corner of the world they are in or what class of society they were raised in – high school and college students are widely known for taking unnecessary risks. For some it’s a matter of giving in to the pressure from their friends and classmates – where for others, it’s about being invincible. Regardless of the reason, young men and women have a tendency to get into trouble.

For high school students, it is especially common to get involved in minor altercations otherwise known as assault. In many cases, they are given little other choice but to defend themselves. However, the law still views physical altercations as assault & battery.

Vandalism is a very common crime amongst America’s youth. It is not normally a crime committed in anger, nor is it a crime that someone typically commits alone. The majority of the time vandalism is acted out by groups of two or more. Smashing mailboxes, destroying school property and slashing tires are all common forms of vandalism committed by high school students.

Drug crimes have been ever present amongst America’s high school and college aged groups. In fact, a large percentage of high school students have experimented with marijuana at least once, if not used it on a regular basis.

One of the most common forms of drug abuse amongst all demographics is prescription drug abuse. High school and college students are finding it extremely easy to gain access to their parent’s prescriptions. All they have to do is look in their own medicine cabinet. Today, certain prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Valium, Xanax, Vicodin and Percocet are commonly abused. Individuals find these drugs easily accessible and an inexpensive means of altering their mental and physical state. What many young people are not aware of are the criminal consequences associated with prescription drug abuse.

Sex-related crimes involving youth can include sexual assault, date rape, rape, forcible rape, and statutory rape. Sometimes, they aren’t even aware that they are committing a sex crime. For example, urinating in public or showing too much skin at a Halloween party can both be prosecuted as indecent exposure.

Perhaps one of the most common crimes committed by high school and college students is underage drinking. Underage drinking is associated with a number of criminal offenses including DUI, driving with an open container, using a fake ID and underage purchase of alcohol. These are all classified as criminal offenses – which young adults do every day.

Between high school athletic teams and college fraternities there is also the issue of hazing. Hazing is a form of “initiation” which has been around for years. It can happen on small levels with innocent pranks – the kind that happen in your typical office – or they can involve much more sinister pranks that can essentially be life-threatening. Although they may be innocent in nature, they can quickly become dangerous and can therefore be criminally prosecuted.

High school and college crimes can result in criminal consequences. Often times they are committed by seemingly innocent individuals who really didn’t know what they were getting themselves into. When under the influence of alcohol, or pressure from their friends, high school and college kids can accidentally get involved in criminal activity without realizing the criminal consequences.

Sometimes those consequences can result in jail or prison sentencing and a permanent criminal record. This is especially worrisome for youth who are on the right track for a promising career. The last thing they want is to be expelled from high school or college. In fact, a criminal conviction can make it impossible to get into certain colleges and it can deny them access to financial aid and scholarships.

An entire future can be compromised by a tarnished criminal record. If your son or daughter has been arrested, it would be in their best interests for you to contact a criminal defense attorney right now. Immediate action on your part will be the best way to help minimize the consequences that your child faces now and in the future.

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.

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