A campus crime is any type of criminal offense that is committed on or near a school or university property. Some of these crimes are minor offenses, such as trespassing or disorderly conduct, but others are serious felonies, including rape or murder.
Many of these crimes are prosecuted under state law. However, some may also be subject to federal prosecution. Campus crimes can carry severe penalties, including expulsion from school and a criminal record.
For example, a case might be tried in federal court a weapon was used or if the victim is a federal employee.
Examples of common campus crimes include:
- Inappropriate student relationships
- Assault and battery
- Sexual assault
- Underage drinking
- Possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia
What Should You Do If You are Accused of a Campus Crime?
If you’re accused of a crime on a school campus, there are a few things you should know.
First and foremost, you have the right to remain silent. Even if the situation is different than it would be if you were accused of a crime outside of a school environment, you still retain the right not to incriminate yourself if accused of a crime.
If you’ve been accused of a crime or you suspect an accusation is coming, you do not need to answer any questions from school officials or police officers until you have an attorney present.
Secondly, it’s important to know that many schools have their own police forces and disciplinary procedures. Even if you’re not charged with a crime in a US court of law, you could still face punishment from the school.
Lastly, if you are facing criminal charges, it’s important to get an experienced attorney who knows how to navigate the campus justice system. With the right help, you can fight the charges and protect your rights.
As a former teacher, Tyler is uniquely qualified to defend individuals against these types of crimes. He understands the complexities of laws and life on campus and knows how to navigate these unusual situations. Contact Ty Brock for a free defense consultation.