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Criminal Charges for College Students in Columbia, SC

By Masella Law Firm, P.A.  Dec. 19, 2013 10:35a

Columbia, South Carolina is home to many college and university students. Institutions of higher learning in Columbia include Allen University, Benedict College, Columbia College, Columbia International University, and the University of South Carolina. Many students engage in heavy partying while at school and some of them may make decisions or engage in behavior which lands them in trouble with the law. The most common charges a college student in this area may face include possession of marijuana or other street drugs, a minor in possession of alcohol, and possession of a fake ID so as to purchase alcohol.

A criminal charge of possession of alcohol or underage drinking is charged as a misdemeanor with a potential jail sentence of up to 30 days as well as the requirement to complete an alcohol education or prevention program. Possession of a fake ID is also generally charged as a misdemeanor which carries a penalty of up to 30 days in a county jail on a first offense. Those who are convicted of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana will be punished with a $200 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Possession of more than an ounce may be punished by up to a year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. College students who are convicted of a crime face the negative effects such a conviction can have on their future career and advanced educational opportunities. Getting qualified legal help is essential to help such students obtain the best possible case results.

Criminal Defense Firm in Columbia, South Carolina

If you are college student or an adult who has been charged with a criminal offense in the Columbia area, you owe it to yourself to find reputable and effective legal representation. Your freedom, your pocketbook, and your future may be at stake. The legal team at Masella Law Firm, P.A. understands this and will work vigorously on your behalf to fight the charges. Attorney Masella will review your case thoroughly to devise the best possible legal strategy, whether that is a plea deal, a diversion program, or a trial in the local courts.

The firm has more than 25 years of experience and includes a former prosecutor. That experience includes a proven track record of success and a wealth of practical, hands-on application of legal skills and knowledge. The earlier you engage the services of an attorney at the firm, the sooner your case can be investigated and a defense case created. Contact the firm to arrange to speak to a defense lawyer about your criminal charges today.

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