As fun as college can be, the wild times can sometimes carry serious consequences, even if only because of an accident or mistake. The most serious of these incidents can even lead to criminal charges that could follow a Johns Hopkins student around for the rest of their lives. If you are a college student and you find yourself on the receiving end of criminal charges, retaining the aid of a legal representative is the best way to fight the accusations against you.
The team of attorneys at Rice, Murtha & Psoras have the skills and experience to successfully defend you in criminal court. As a former assistant state’s attorney, Randolph Rice has worked in courtrooms across Maryland and is well-versed in the tactics of the prosecution. Don’t leave your entire future up to chance; contact Rice, Murtha & Psoras today by calling (410) 694-7291 or visiting us online to set up your free consultation.
Common Criminal Charges Against Johns Hopkins Students
Between the parties, the alcohol, the informal cohabitation of dorm room living, and the many newfound freedoms available to young adults off to college, it’s no wonder that trouble finds many a student away at school. Misunderstandings and mistakes are bound to crop up, some of which could cause a student to be charged with a crime. Here are some of the most common charges students find themselves facing at Johns Hopkins.
Although it is a serious-sounding word, “assault” is a term applied to a wide range of incidents, some of which could easily be misconstrued. In Maryland, assault refers to a threat of, or infliction of, unwanted physical contact or injury. In other words, someone simply feeling as though they have been threatened with unwanted contact (of any kind) could press assault charges, even without any physical harm being done. It is plain to see how an argument at a party or bar could lead to assault charges for a student who does not deserve them.
Another example of a charge that often sounds scarier than it is, “burglary” could simply be another word for being found in the wrong place at the wrong time. In fact, lower levels of this crime — the third- and fourth-degree varieties — have more in common with simple trespassing than any serious transgression. In the communal setting of a college campus, it is easy to imagine how a student could wind up in the wrong building or wrong room and end up with a burglary charge.
While sexual assault is undoubtedly a very serious crime, its severity does not prevent the accused from demonstrating their innocence. In court, it is actually quite the opposite; the burden of proof is on the prosecution, who must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the crime occurred. If you or your child are facing charges of sexual assault, make sure you rally the best defense you can by calling on the services of an experienced attorney.
Defenses for Charges Against Students at Johns Hopkins University
The details surrounding an incident are often foggy, mercurial things; as soon as you think you know exactly what happened, another witness comes forward and throws your theory into chaos. This inherent uncertainty is what makes a criminal defense possible, and it is all the more potent when the facts are on your side.
For example, one common revelation made after an assault charge is that the person who was arrested was, in reality, acting in defense of themselves or another person. This effectively negates any assault charge, making it an ideal defense in court, but establishing the facts to support this argument can be tricky. Your attorney can work with experts to gather eyewitness testimony and compile physical evidence to refute the state’s claims against you.
It is also not uncommon for colleges or law enforcement to cut corners during an investigation in an effort to close a case quickly and avoid unwanted attention. Turning to a legal expert can help to ensure that your right to due process is observed throughout the entire process. Failure to do so on the part of the prosecution could result in the dismissal of any charges against you, provided the improprieties are caught and exposed before it is too late.
Lawyers Fighting for Students at Johns Hopkins University
Too often, flimsy charges against an innocent person can ruin a bright, promising career. All it takes is one small mistake — saying the wrong thing, being in the wrong place, hanging around the wrong people — to cause disaster in a young life. The skilled team at Rice, Murtha & Psoras is ready to help you prevent that worst-case scenario from happening. With years of experience in a variety of legal fields, we are prepared to stand with you against any accusation. Visit us online or call us today at (410) 694-7291 to schedule your free consultation.