Phoenix Campus Crimes Lawyer
The term “campus crime” sounds as if the offense would be a minor one. In fact, while there are arrests for conduct which is relatively low on the crime spectrum, over the past several years, the Arizona State University Police Department (yes, ASU has its own police department!) has made arrests for everything from underage drinking to sexual offenses.
Not surprisingly, the arrests on campus run the gamut from misdemeanors to serious felonies. Here are just a handful of the charges we see leveled against students:
- Drug crimes, from possession to trafficking.
- Minor in possession. Alcohol plays a role in many campus arrests.
- Sex crimes. These range from indecent exposure, to unlawful sexual contact, and even to rape.
- DUI. Students are not immune to being stopped and charged with driving under the influence.
- Criminal trespass.
- Criminal damage to property.
These charges range from minor to serious, and some carry harsh penalties.
How Are Campus Crimes Treated by the Police?
Although one might think that in a campus setting, criminal activity would be treated by a slap on the wrist, this is simply not the case. So if you or your child is a student or a visitor at ASU, and has been charged with a campus crime, it is essential that you understand the process, the strength of the government’s case, and the potential penalties that could be imposed in the event of a conviction. You need legal representation at the earliest possible moment.
Choosing the Right Lawyer
At the Law Offices of David A. Black, we are sensitive to the plight of families when their child is charged with a crime. The fear and anxiety is often overwhelming. You need quality legal representation provided by an attorney skilled in the area of criminal defense, an attorney with the experience and expertise to insure that you have the best chance of avoiding serious consequences so that you can move forward in your life unhampered by the stigma of a criminal conviction. Mr. Black is a former prosecutor in Maricopa County, who now devotes his practice largely to the defense of criminal cases. He has the experience you want when your own future, or that of your child, is at stake. While experience is obviously important, the best barometer of an attorney’s worth is the fate of his recent clients. And Mr. Black’s record of results is impressive. His recent case results include:
- Dismissal of charges for possession of ecstasy, narcotics and cocaine;
- Dismissal of a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia (marijuana pipe); and
- Reduction of a conspiracy charge (possession of narcotics for sale), to simple possession, leading to a sentence of probation.
The consequences of a criminal conviction are always serious, but the effect of a conviction on the life of a college student is simply heartbreaking. Just as they begin the journey out into the world, one mistake threatens throw a wrench into their future hopes and dreams. Mr. Black understands the potentially tragic nature of the situation, and he will use his experience and knowledge to minimize the damage.