For many young people, the college years involve the first time they are free to make independent choices and establish new relationships without parental oversight. For some students, this freedom can lead to conflict, and conflicts may lead to fighting, either on-campus or off-campus.
A College Fight May Lead to Both College Misconduct and Criminal Charges
While it may be tempting to see such fighting as a rite of passage, the consequences of college fights can be devastating for a young person. Many students will face not only criminal charges but also misconduct charges at their college or university. The LLF Law Firm is experienced in the criminal defense of college students.
If your student is facing charges for fighting, call the LLF Law Firm immediately at 888-535-3686, or submit your details online, and we will contact you. The LLF Law Firm Criminal Defense Team can provide a vigorous defense, protecting the student's future and reputation. College students involved in fights are often charged with assault or harassment under PA law. College fights also often involve violations of alcohol law or alcohol policy on campus.
Assault Under PA Law
Many fights lead to charges of simple assault under Pennsylvania law, especially if a victim is injured in the fight. When a person causes injury to another or leads the victim to believe they will cause an injury, it is a simple assault under PA law. A simple assault is a misdemeanor of the second or third degree and may be punishable by 1-2 years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000. In terms of the law of simple assault, it is important to remember that threats alone, even in the absence of actual physical contact, may constitute a simple assault.
A parent should keep in mind that more serious charges can result if a victim is seriously injured, and a criminal conviction may have negative consequences if there is a later personal injury claim. Any criminal charge should be taken seriously by the student and their parents.
Harassment Under PA Law
Harassment involves a pattern of behavior that leads a victim to believe they are in danger, which can include actual threats or physical contact but may also involve a more complex pattern of conflict. The pattern may involve threats in person or may be done via computer or cell phone at odd hours or in a threatening manner. Harassment is a third-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a $2,000 fine.
LLF Law Firm Is Experienced in Student Criminal Defense
At the LLF Law Firm, our Criminal Defense Team defends college students against both criminal charges and college or institutional misconduct accusations that may result. It is vital that any charge of a college or university student is treated seriously in order to avoid future negative consequences. If you or your student is facing charges, contact the LLF Law Firm at 888-535-3686, or submit your details online, and we will contact you.