Rutgers University Criminal Defense Attorney
New Brunswick Criminal Defense Lawyers Represent Rutgers University Students Charged with Crimes and DWI Offenses
Rutgers University students — undergraduate and graduate alike — often find themselves involved in challenging situations where the lines of illegality tend to blur. The youthful, party-oriented atmosphere of campus life at Rutgers in New Brunswick can give students a false sense of security with regard to outrageous conduct. Many Rutgers University students who have been charged with a crime are confused as to the overlap between school disciplinary proceedings and criminal proceedings. Further, students may have unique concerns relating to the impending criminal litigation — they are generally at the beginning of their careers, after all, and the consequences of conviction (and a period of imprisonment) can throw their life trajectory off track.
Here at Hanlon Dunn Robertson Schwartz in New Brunswick, NJ, we understand the frustration and anxiety that students feel when they find themselves at the center of criminal litigation (and related disciplinary proceedings). Call or email today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Rutgers criminal defense attorney at our New Brunswick office.
Common Crimes and Disorderly Conduct Offenses at Rutgers University
For students at Rutgers University, certain criminal offenses and disorderly conduct offenses are more frequently encountered than others. Common offenses that could give rise to a criminal charge or code of conduct violation include:
- Assault (simple assault & aggravated assault)
- Public intoxication
- Providing alcohol to a minor
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
- Underage drinking & DUI
- Drug offenses (possession, distribution, consumption)
- Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment
- Lewd or indecent behavior
- Theft, burglary, robbery, and fraud
- False identification
- Unlawful possession of a weapon
- Disorderly conduct
- Invasion of privacy
- And more
If you have been charged with a criminal offense at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, the court where your case will be tried is determined by the severity of the charge brought against you. Felony offenses will be tried in Middlesex County Superior Court, while minor offenses (such as disorderly conduct or a DUI scenario in which no injuries were caused) will be tried in New Brunswick Municipal Court. Venue matters in New Jersey criminal cases — if your case is handled in New Brunswick Municipal Court, for example, then the court cannot sentence you to more than 180 days in jail, which can give you significant negotiation leverage. An experienced New Brunswick criminal defense lawyer can assist you and help you avoid the most severe penalties.
Rutgers Code of Conduct Violations and Attorney Representation
At Rutgers University, the student code of conduct is taken very seriously. Those who have been charged with a criminal offense may also be subject to a disciplinary proceeding on the same basis, or for a related issue. For example, if you have been charged with assaulting a student on campus, then you may face both criminal prosecution and disciplinary proceedings through Rutgers University. It’s worth noting that the disciplinary proceedings are independent of the criminal proceedings — even if your criminal charges were dismissed, Rutgers University may still choose to continue with their disciplinary action against you.
Importantly, Rutgers University gives students the right to be represented by an attorney during code of conduct proceedings. As such, it’s helpful to contact a qualified New Brunswick lawyer who has experience handling Rutgers code of conduct violations. Your attorney should provide extensive guidance throughout the process.
Contact an Experienced Rutgers Criminal Defense Attorney at Hanlon Dunn for Assistance
Here at Hanlon Dunn in New Brunswick, NJ, our criminal defense attorneys have a long and extensive history of handling a wide range of litigation, including criminal defense cases and code of conduct proceedings at Rutgers and other universities. Our team of skilled criminal defense lawyers boasts over a century of combined experience. We have advocated on behalf of thousands of clients, giving us a significant advantage when compared to other law firms.
If you have been arrested, charged, brought in for questioning by campus authorities or local law enforcement authorities, or are currently facing disciplinary action for having purportedly violated the Rutgers code of conduct, we encourage you to get in touch with a qualified Rutgers criminal defense attorney at Hanlon Dunn for further assistance. We strive to provide personalized legal representation that works for the client. To that end, we keep clients apprised of developments in their case throughout the dispute process, and we are always available to answer any questions or concerns as they arise.
Call now or submit a confidential online case form through our website to speak to an experienced Rutgers criminal defense attorney today. The initial consultation is free. We look forward to speaking with you further.