Information For Parents

Helping Families Cope When College Students Face Criminal Charges or University Infractions

Sending your child off to college is exciting and nerve-wracking for parents. College is an adventure, but every adventure carries risks. If your child has made a mistake and faces either criminal charges, academic penalties, or sexual misconduct, you need a skilled attorney. The Law Office of Ronald L. Schwartz can tell you what parents should know in the wake of a DUI, drug offense, academic dishonesty, or sexual misconduct charge. Attorney Schwartz understands what's important to parents.

Common Legal Issues College Students Face

Young people make mistakes, but some of those mistakes can have lasting consequences. When your child has been charged with a drug or alcohol crime, it's always comforting to have a skilled attorney at your side. The Law Office of Ronald L. Schwartz represents students facing criminal charges and academic code violations. Attorney Schwartz also facilitates discussions about how an individual can stop or control a substance abuse problem.

Ronald Schwartz is the father of two recent University of Maryland graduates, so he knows how to approach the following sensitive issues:

  • Alcohol and DUI - Underage drinking and DUI are serious criminal offenses, and they're also risky behaviors that can threaten a young person's health and future. Attorney Schwartz works hard to minimize the charges against your child so you can explore methods for better decision-making in the future.
  • Drugs - Being charged with possessing drug paraphernalia does not mean your child was doing drugs, but it can be a good time to discuss the topic and make sure that your student understands the risks of substance abuse.
  • Academic dishonesty - Charges of academic dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarism, are serious and can damage a student's reputation. You can use this as an opportunity to discuss class loads and academic expectations.
  • Sexual Misconduct - Universities have an obligation to maintain a harassment-free learning environment. Students may be permanently expelled from college with a notation on their record that may prevent them from ever obtaining a graduate or undergraduate degree.

An Attorney Serving College Park, Greenbelt And The Maryland Suburbs Knows What It's Like To Be A Parent

Even if a lawyer is able to reduce or eliminate the charges against your child, as a parent you should be aware of any risky behaviors in which your student may be engaging. There's only so much you can do when your children become adults who are responsible for their own decisions. However, it's always helpful to discuss your concerns so your child continues to have a bright outlook for the future.

Schedule An Appointment Today With An Attorney Serving Silver Spring

To learn more about your child's options, make an appointment with The Law Office of Ronald L. Schwartz. You can reach the firm at 301-892-3410 or contact us online. Attorney Schwartz offers free initial consultations.