Between back-to-school partying, Homecoming festivities and Halloween, this is a time of year when many Texas State University students find themselves in trouble with the law. Common criminal charges faced by college students include:
- Underage drinking
- Drug crimes, including marijuana possession
- Theft, burglary and property crimes
- Sexual assault
Any one of these charges needs to be taken very seriously in order to avoid the harshest consequences, which can include jail time, major fines, a permanent criminal record, driver's licenses suspension and academic consequences such as getting kicked out of school.
Police will be out in full force Halloween weekend
Halloween weekend is one of the biggest times of the year for drunk driving, and police know this. They will be out in full force and ready to arrest anyone they think has been drinking.
A university police officer told the student newspaper last year that students who are caught drinking and driving on campus face the same legal process as off campus, which means they will be asked to take a Breathalyzer, and if they refuse, they will spend the night in jail before being seen by a judge the next morning.
What is a no-refusal weekend?
In Texas, law enforcement agencies hold "no-refusal weekends" on most major holidays, including Halloween. This does not necessarily mean that people cannot refuse breath and blood testing, it just means that the agency has streamlined the process for getting a warrant to order a blood test.
What to do if you are arrested or ticketed
It is normal for young people to make mistakes, especially in college. But you don't want these mistakes ruining your life (or anyone else's). The best way to avoid legal trouble is to avoid breaking the law. That means drinking responsibly, using sober cabs and avoiding illegal drugs.
However, if a mistake does result in an arrest or criminal charges, then you will need a lawyer's help to protect your future. Even a charge for marijuana possession or underage drinking can result in a permanent criminal record if the case is not handled properly.
Your future is too important to simply plead guilty and take whatever consequences the judge decides to give you.