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Secrets of the Texas Criminal Justice System and Your Rights
You’re trying to get through college to launch a successful career, your life is riding on these four to six years to prepare for success in life beyond school. Unfortunately, colleges run rampant with alcohol and drugs. What’s worse is if an offender is caught, Texas Tech will do very little to help them. If you were just trying to unwind after studying for weeks on a test, and make a mistake by taking the substances too far, you could be facing expulsion or other serious consequences.
A DWI, Possession of Marijuana, Campus Carry, Possession of Adderall or other “study drugs”, Assault, or other offenses carry more than just a criminal charge. Texas Tech does not have to regard evidence as proof beyond all reasonable doubt like city courts do and they can expel students based upon assumptions, rather than confirmed fact. This makes it even harder to escape false accusations because firm undeniable proof is not required for a charge to be passed.
With this in mind, it is imperative to seek the counsel of a Lubbock student defense lawyer, as an experienced attorney can take all the facts of the case and build a strong defense for both the disciplinary hearings and any criminal charges.
Common Student Offenses
We have highly qualified student defense attorneys in Lubbock who have spent years successfully defending students from charges including:
- Non-prescribed possession of Adderall, Ritalin or other Schedule II “study drugs”
- Possession of Marijuana or Paraphernalia
- Possession of a Dangerous Drug
- Public Intoxication
- Campus Carry
When choosing the right attorney for your case, you need a lawyer with an intimate understanding of the Student Code of Conduct, one comfortable in both criminal and administrative defense cases. The right attorney knows when the punishment does not fit the crime and demonstrates expert knowledge of drug and alcohol assessment equipment, raw data interpretation (and spotting inaccuracies), and diverse legal situations across multiple courts.
And we do not just defend students at Texas Tech. If you are facing similar charges with South Plains, let us know and we would be happy to consult and defend you. If you are located in Midland/Odessa, Corpus Christi, Abilene, or Amarillo and are facing campus charges at a college or university in these areas, call a Lubbock student defense attorney today.
Consequences of a Conviction
When a student is charged or found guilty of a crime on campus there are two cases: the criminal case and the civil case. With cases of theft, one of the consequences for a conviction in Texas is that it is a crime of moral turpitude. Even in the smallest of instances where an individual may have stolen something worth little value, if they pay the ticket they have been convicted of theft.
Many times, an individual may believe they are getting away with theft, however, they are often brought back to the store in which they stole from and are arrested for taking something that they did not pay for. Further, theft of service cases can also be seen with utilities, or when somebody does some kind of work and the student does not pay them. While that is a civil case, it can be charged as a criminal case as well.
In cases where an individual steals anything with a value of $20 or more, they will be issued a Class C ticket of $100. Again, that is a crime of moral turpitude, meaning that the individual in question can never be an attorney or serve on a jury. There are many consequences to even seemingly minor guilty charges on campus. On campus, a common occurrence of theft is in the stealing of bikes. Often, an individual will leave their bike unattended either on campus or at the end of the semester, and an individual will see this unclaimed bike and claim it as their own. Law enforcement officers usually find these individuals and charge them with theft.
Consulting With A Lubbock Student Defense Attorney
An experienced Lubbock student defense lawyer lays out everything you need to know about what it means to be accused of a felony as a Texas Tech student, what your rights are, and who you need to talk with to ensure your future.
It is extremely important to take action as soon as you are convicted. When summoned to a Student Code of Conduct hearing, treat it as seriously as a criminal defense case in a district court. Do not ignore it or walk in unrepresented. Get a lawyer involved at the very first meeting. Your future depends on it. Download the book, learn your rights, then call us immediately.