Student Crimes

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Criminal Defense Attorney

Crimes committed on or around universities and colleges involve a number of legal issues students (and their parents) need to be aware of. While most crimes are referred to the local prosecutor or court system, most colleges also have their own disciplinary process. Typically, there is very little — if any — due process in college disciplinary hearings. Students may be suspended, expelled, ordered to enroll in sensitivity training or anger management classes, independent of whether the charges against them are dropped or reduced. At the Law Office of Barry Winston, we counsel and represent students arrested for crimes committed on and around university and college campuses. As your attorney, Mr. Winston can advise and represent you in criminal court and advise you about a disciplinary board to ensure you aren’t treated as “guilty until proven innocent” by university officials or student body representatives on a disciplinary board.

By law, you are only required to show proof of identification if you are stopped while operating a motor vehicle. If you are not operating a motor vehicle and an officer asks you to provide proof of identification, you are not required to do so. If you are arrested, you can take legal action against the police for violating your rights.

If you’ve been arrested for committing a felony or misdemeanor on college grounds, a local bar, or a fraternity house, contact criminal defense lawyer Barry Winston today to schedule an appointment and discuss your case.

Facing Criminal Charges as a College Student

The Law Office of Barry Winston advises and counsels college students arrested on criminal charges related to the following:

  • Marijuana possession
  • Cocaine possession and other drug possessio
  • DWI
  • Drunk and disorderly behavior
  • Underage drinking
  • Assault
  • Sexual assault, rape
  • Weapons violations

Facing Charges of Sexual Assault or Rape

In date rape and sexual assault cases, how evidence is collected and witnesses are handled is extremely important. Mishandled evidence or a rush to judgment on the part of investigators and prosecutors can compromise a case. As your attorney, Mr. Winston conducts his own investigation using private investigators, lab technicians and forensic specialists. In preparing our client’s defense, Mr. Winston considers whether drugs or alcohol were involved and whether or not the alleged victim has a history of psychological problems. If necessary, a psychological evaluation may be requested in order to determine if an underlying problem with depression, bi-polar disorder or other mental health condition played a role in personality changes in the alleged victim.

Fighting for Your Rights and Interests

College police and local law enforcement often arrest whoever happens to be in a room where drugs are found or where underage drinking is happening. As a result, you may be innocent of the charges against you yet face a disciplinary hearing that could result in your expulsion. As a criminal defense attorney who has defended people for over 45 years, Mr. Winston knows how to work with investigators and prosecutors in cases where someone happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. In many cases, we may be able to convince the prosecutor to reduce the charges or sentence against you, helping you avoid the embarrassment of a criminal conviction on your record.

If you’re a college student who has been arrested on criminal charges, contact criminal defense attorney Barry Winston today to schedule a confidential consultation to learn how he can help you.