Young adults away from home sometimes get into legal trouble. As a parent who receives a late night call about an arrest, it may be tempting to let your child face the consequences. However, the consequences of even a minor criminal conviction are much more serious today than in the past. Criminal background checks have become a fact of life for almost everything, from applying for a job to renting an apartment.
To prevent a one-time mistake from becoming a permanent criminal record, it’s important to seek prompt legal advice. Attorney David W. Farrell has 28 years of legal experience protecting the rights of college students and other young adults. Call 803-807-2205 to find out how we can help you. We represent students at the University of South Carolina, Columbia and other schools in the Columbia area.
We Handle a Wide Range of Criminal Charges
We have the skills and experience to defend your child in a wide range of criminal matters, including those involving:
- Disorderly conduct or drunkenness charges
- Minor in possession or fake ID charges
- Marijuana and other drug possession charges
- Traffic offenses
- Underage DUI charges
We will launch a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding your child’s arrest and determine the most appropriate defense. We are committed to keeping your child’s record as clear as possible.
Diversion Programs for First-Time Offenders
If your child does not have a prior criminal record, a diversion program may be the best option. If your child successfully completes the diversion program, then he or she would not have a conviction on her or her record. We could then seek an expungement to remove the arrest record.
There are certain steps your child must complete to avoid a criminal record. We are here to make sure that he or she does. We can also counsel your child on any sanctions he or she may face through the college.
Call for a Free Consultation About College Student Crimes
If your child has been charged with a crime at a college in Columbia, South Carolina, you should seek advice from an experienced defense lawyer right away. Call 803-807-2205 or complete our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.