Students Charged With Crimes: Now What?
Being charged with a crime is scary, especially if you are a student who may be living away from home for the first time. Mistakes happen, but if you find yourself in this situation, it is important to contact an attorney. I see many situations where people plead guilty or don’t fight charges because they want them to go away, but this can cause additional problems. You may endure penalties that you wouldn’t have if you had fought your charges.
At Robert S. Muir, Attorney at Law, I focus on campus cases and working with students. I have more than 30 years of criminal law experience, and I will fight for your rights. There are opportunities we can explore for lessening the severity of your charges or working to get them off your record.
Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)
ARD is a program in Pennsylvania for offenders with a limited record. It’s a way for people who are in trouble for the first time to avoid having one mistake affect the rest of their life. It’s programs like this that make it important to contact a lawyer if you are charged with a crime.
There are many benefits to ARD, and in some cases it could help you avoid conviction and keep a crime off your record. This is an important option for students to explore because many of them are first-time offenders whose crimes are lesser offenses like underage drinking. It’s important to explore all your options before making a decision after being charged with a crime. I’ve been working cases in Indiana in which ARD has helped clients since 1991.
ARD can be beneficial in cases involving charges such as:
- Simple assault
- Theft and property crimes