College Student Defense: Don't Let Your Child's Future Slip Away Due To A Simple Mistake

High school and college-age kids screw up, make mistakes and end up paying for those lapses in judgment. However, for many young people, one moment of indiscretion can have lasting consequences that affect all aspects of their personal, professional and academic lives.

I am Dan Hanifin, and I dedicate a substantial portion of my criminal defense practice to helping young people and their families in West Chester and the surrounding Pennsylvania communities address and resolve criminal accusations and charges.

I'm Here To Help Protect Your Child's Long-Term Interests

Drunk driving, underage drinking, public intoxication, possession of marijuana, shoplifting and other theft crimes; these and other types of criminal charges associated with the actions of young people may seem relatively minor compared to serious felony offenses. But the truth is, even a misdemeanor conviction can compromise a young person's ability to get a good job, continue his or her education, and take advantage of numerous other opportunities.

A few other possible consequences of criminal charges facing young people include:

  • Suspension or expulsion from school
  • Loss of scholarships or financial aid
  • Ineligibility for study abroad programs
  • Eviction from student housing or an apartment
  • Inability to get an apartment/lease
  • Ineligibility for internships
  • Difficulties finding a job or beginning a career after college with a criminal record
  • Probation
  • Mandatory community service
  • Treatment or other types of mandatory rehabilitation
  • Loss of driving privileges
  • Fines
  • Increase in insurance premiums
  • Jail time

As you can see, there's great incentive to get ahead of criminal accusations to mitigate potential harm to your child's future. As your attorney, I can advise you on how to proceed, make sure your son or daughter is treated fairly by the authorities, and take necessary steps to limit exposure while pursuing a positive outcome.

I will advocate on your child's behalf, negotiate with the prosecution and offer options that protect your child's immediate interests as well as his or her future.

There are numerous colleges and universities throughout West Chester, Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, including West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University and numerous others. I work with clients whose sons or daughters are away at school or young people who may be attending college at an institution in Philadelphia or one of the surrounding areas.

A Lawyer Committed To Defending Pennsylvania Families

Whether you're a concerned parent looking for a lawyer or you are a college student facing criminal accusations, I encourage you to reach out to me, schedule a consultation and learn how I can help your case.

Call my West Chester law office at 610-400-8830 or complete my online contact form to send an email. I make a point of responding to calls and other inquiries as quickly as possible.