College and University Students and Criminal Charges

Students on a ClassNew Brunswick Criminal Defense Attorney Defending Rutgers University Students Charged with Criminal Conduct.

Rutgers University and the criminal defense firm of James S. Friedman LLC have something in common. Both are based in New Brunswick. Our firm is well-positioned to defend Rutgers students charged with criminal offenses in either the New Brunswick Municipal Court or the Middlesex County Superior Court.

The college years can be the most exciting time in a young person's life. However, students - like any young person - do not always exercise the best judgment. Their time away at school may be the first time they are out of the house. They are on their own, and must make independent decisions as to how to conduct themselves. Given their relative lack of experience coupled with their new found freedom, they may not make the best choices. Under these circumstances, even a momentary lapse in judgment can lead to charges for disorderly conduct, DWI/DUI, drugs, theft, assault, or even a sex crime.

A criminal charge can be a life altering experience for a college or university student. Students face the same consequences as any other criminal defendant, which can include a term of probation, untold hours of community service, stiff fines, and even jail time.

But the consequences of a criminal conviction for a student go far beyond that. The student can be disciplined by his or her school, which can include a permanent notation on his or her academic record, suspension, and even expulsion. If the student lives in university housing, he/she can be evicted. A criminal conviction may also affect a student's eligibility for financial aid.

Additionally, a criminal case, depending on how it is resolved, can leave the student with a criminal record. This will follow the student to the next step in his/her educational career, such as graduate or professional school, and may ultimately inhibit the student's acceptance into the program of his/her choice. It can also prevent students from obtaining a required professional license. It may affect them as they enter the job market and become subject to employee background checks. Depending upon the type of positions they seek (e.g., as an employee of a security-conscious corporation, or in a government post that requires a security clearance), a conviction for a sufficiently severe offense can potentially bring the student's career to an end before it even starts.

Finally, foreign students convicted of certain offenses may find themselves subject to deportation.

The law firm of James S. Friedman LLC defends college and university students charged with non-indictable (disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons) offenses, and indictable (felony) offenses. The firm understands that students and their parents have made huge investments of time, money, and other resources in a young person's future, and believes strongly that this should not be jeopardized or sacrificed because of what is usually am impetuous act stemming from a momentary loss of foresight.

If you are a student at any campus of Rutgers University, or any other college or university in New Jersey (including but not limited to Princeton; Seton Hall; Rowan; The College of New Jersey; Fairleigh Dickinson; Kean; Drew; Monmouth; Montclair State; William Paterson; or any community college) that has been charged with a criminal offense in a Municipal Court or the New Jersey Superior Court, contact us immediately. The firm will work tirelessly to protect your rights, your educational investment, and your future.

Client Reviews
"I hired Mr. Friedman to represent my son in a criminal matter that could have landed him in jail. Nobody in our family had ever been involved with the criminal justice system before, so this was all very new to us. He was very patient, answered all of our questions, and made sure we understood everything each step of the way. By the time the case was over, my son had a reduced charge for which he only had to pay some fines."
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"Mr. Friedman represented me when I was one of several students caught with drugs in a college dorm room. I was set to graduate at the end of the semester, and thought this case would ruin my life. He got my charges dismissed, and the record expunged. This lawyer was a total lifesaver!" Anonymous
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"Our daughter has mental health issues. She got into a scuffle with the police and was charged with assaulting an officer. Our attorney, Jim Friedman, was able to show the prosecutor and Judge that the real problem here was her mental stability. She was placed on probation and avoided jail time. Most other lawyers we spoke to refused to take this case, but Jim Friedman took it and got us a great result. Thank you Mr. Friedman!" Anonymous
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"I had federal criminal charges and felt totally lost. I was one of who knows how many defendants in this case, and I read on the Internet that almost everyone in federal court end up with a prison sentence, so I was really scared. My first lawyer, who told me that I would probably spend at least some time in prison, barely gave me the time of day after I paid him. Then I hired Jim Friedman to represent me. He stayed with me throughout the entire process. He was always available to answer my questions, and never let me lose hope. He negotiated aggressively with the federal prosecutor and I ended up with a short term of probation. I knew I would get convicted of something, but this lawyer kept me out of jail." Anonymous
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"The only part of my trial that was better than watching Mr. Friedman question the witnesses was when the jury came out and said “not guilty” over and over again. You have to see this lawyer in court!" Anonymous
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