Common College Crimes & What You Need to Know

Common College Crimes & What You Need to Know

Being charged with a crime, regardless of one’s age, can be a scary experience. For young persons who are charged and convicted of criminal activity, though, being charged with a crime can be particularly tragic, as a criminal charge while in college can have a huge effect on the future, including one’s ability to remain within school. If you are a student at University of Dayton or a parent of a student at UD, it’s important that you know your rights and what steps to take if facing criminal charges.

Common College Crimes

There are a number of crimes that are more likely to be committed by young people, or are more common on college campuses. These crimes include, but are not limited to:

  • Underage drinking;
  • Drinking and driving;
  • Public intoxication;
  • Drug use;
  • Burglary;
  • Motor vehicle theft; and
  • Rape, sexual assault, and assault.

This list is not inclusive; it is of course possible for a young person to be charged with any type of crime, related to their activity on campus or not.

The Consequences of Criminal Charges While at UD

When a young person who is attending a university is charged with a crime, there may be harsh penalties that are handed down both by the state and by the university. Indeed, in addition to facing criminal penalties that can leave a student with a black mark on their permanent criminal record, and result in mandatory community service, education classes, fines, and even jail or prison time, a student may also face repercussions from the university. In fact, even if criminal charges against the student are dropped or if the student is found innocent, a school may still choose to take disciplinary action against the student, including expulsion.

There is no question that disciplinary action against a student, criminal penalties, or both can have a severe effect on a young person’s life. These penalties may prevent a student from graduating, from gaining admittance at another school, and from securing a job in the future. This can be a shocking and scary reality for both the young person and their parents.

What to Do if Facing Criminal Charges


If you or your child has been charged with a crime while attending UD, or if anyone has alleged criminal or illicit activity, you need to take action quickly to hire an experienced attorney who has a history of defending young persons against charges. Even something as minor as a minor in possession (of alcohol) charge can have a negative ripple effect on opportunities.

At the law offices of The VanNoy Firm, our experienced Dayton criminal defense attorneys have the experience and competence that you can count on.


Do not wait to take action if facing criminal charges – call our law offices today for a consultation about how you can protect yourself and your future.

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