Alcohol-related charges usually result from parties broken up by university police, whether they are on or off-campus parties, and whether underage people are drinking. accused of being in possession of alcohol, or are intoxicated.
On a college campus, the most common alcohol-related charge is the possession of alcohol by someone who is underage, someone providing alcohol to a person who is underage, and an underage individual being intoxicated. Instances of providing alcohol to someone who is underage, possession of a large amount of alcohol, and being intoxicated when one is underage are treated seriously by school administrations. A defendant could face severe consequences that could impact their education and future.
If you are facing allegations, get in touch with a DC campus alcohol offense lawyer today. An experienced student defense attorney could fight for you and stand by your side throughout the process.
DC school campuses strictly enforce the 21-year-old age requirement for purchasing and possessing alcohol. Being intoxicated on campus is considered a violation of the code of student conduct in most instances and assorted campuses handle that differently.
There is is a blanket policy among schools in the District about how alcohol-related offenses are handled as far as what is deemed to be appropriate behavior. It is appropriate to not be drinking and to not be intoxicated when one is under 21.
If someone is over 21, the definition of appropriate behavior for campuses is similar to what the non-campus world believes is appropriate. That means not being drunk and disorderly in public, not destroying property, et cetera. For more information, consult with a campus alcohol offense lawyer in DC.
The consequences of being charged with an alcohol-related charge on campus are severe. One consequence of being charged is that the individual is in limbo while their case is litigated.
It can be nerve-wracking because the potential consequences are suspension, expulsion, or a reprimand that goes into their permanent academic file. There may be requirements to take alcohol classes or participate in alcohol treatment. Many consequences come with being accused and there are significant collateral repercussions if the individual is found to be liable. Depending on the offense, the individual could also be facing criminal charges in addition with the student disciplinary charges.
The consequences do change when someone is under 21. The individual cannot be provided with or drink alcohol. The schools treat these accusations harshly and take them very seriously.
When someone is over 21, the issue is providing alcohol to someone who is under 21. When a person is over 21, the allegations are being drunk and disorderly or a public intoxication charge. Those are minor adult charges that can usually be handled without consequence in the criminal justice system. Once a person is over 21, unless they are accused of providing alcohol to someone who is underage, the consequences are less in the school campus context.
A DC campus alcohol offense lawyer could advocate for you if you are facing allegations. A dedicated attorney could build a strong defense, help you understand your options, and negotiate with the school’s officials. Call today and set up a consultation.
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