College Student Offenses

Part of going off to college is learning how to be independent and take risks. But when a college student has too much to drink and then gets behind the wheel, local law enforcement officers are quick to make an arrest for DUI or DWI.

Several colleges and universities are located in Denton County including the University of North Texas, the Texas Woman's University, and the North Central Texas College.

A criminal defense attorney can help you understand the best ways to deal with your case. If your college finds out about the arrest, even if it occurs off campus, you might be facing a disciplinary action with your university or college. You might also face an administrative suspension with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicle. Of course, your main concern is the criminal case that will be prosecuted in court.


Lawyer for College Student Offenses in Lewisville, Texas

If you or a loved one is a college student who was recently arrested and charged with a DWI in Denton County, including both the city of Denton or Lewisville, then seek legal representation as soon as possible. At Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy, our defense attorneys have years of experience defending clients against DWI charges and other related offenses.

At Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy, we are prepared to work with you and assist you in finding the best defense for your circumstances, and we will fight tirelessly to defend your rights. The moment you are charged with a DWI, minor consumption, open container or minor in possession, call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy. Call 940-222-8004 to set up a no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys.

At Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy, we have offices conveniently located in both the city of Denton and the city of Lewisville. We accept clients in surrounding cities including Westlake, Grapevine, Fort Worth, and surrounding regions.

The attorneys at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy also represent clients facing DWI charges in any county surrounding Denton County, including Grayson County, Tarrant County, Dallas County, Collin County, or Cooke County. Call today to get started on your defense.


Common Charges against College Students

Many college students are twenty-one (21) years of age until their junior or senior years of college. Therefore, some of the common charges against this group are driving while intoxicated by alcohol and underage drinking. College students are experimenting with marijuana and other controlled substances.  

Underage Possession/Consumption

Texas Statute §106.05 prohibits alcohol possession by any person under the age of twenty-one (21). Penalties for violating this statute include a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and/or a minimum of eight (8) hours of community service.

Penalties for violation of this statute are enhanced if, at trial, the defendant was a minor, but not a child, with two previous similar offenses. In this situation, penalties for a violation of this statute is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 180 days in jail, a fine between $250 and $2,000, or a combination of the two and required community service.

Driving While Intoxicated

Texas Statute §49.04 prohibits individuals from operating a vehicle in a public place while intoxicated by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two. Violation of this section is a Class B misdemeanor carrying a minimum of 72 hours in confinement.

The minimum confinement time is increased to six (6) days if at the time of the offense; the vehicle operator had an open container of alcohol in his or her immediate possession.

Penalties are enhanced to a Class A misdemeanor if at trial; the vehicle operator’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.15 or higher at the time the analysis was given.  


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Other Consequences of a Criminal Offense

In addition to DWIs and Underage Possession, other crimes involving marijuana possession, sexual assault, resisting arrest, open containers, disorderly conduct, and other related offenses are common amongst college students.

In addition to the legal consequences, your university may penalize you for having a criminal offense on your record. After being convicted of a criminal offense, some students are faced with expulsion, disciplinary probation, suspension, and a number of other consequences.


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Additional Resources

Possession of Alcohol by a Minor- Visit the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code website of the Texas State Legislature to find out more about underage alcohol offenses. This website also lists enhanced penalties for alcohol-related offenses for minors. Also, find information on related offenses including sale to minors, attempt to purchase, and other related offenses.


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Find an Attorney for College Student Offenses in Denton County, Texas

In Denton County, TX, the criminal defense firm of Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy represents college students from area colleges and universities in Denton County. Those colleges and universities in Denton County include the North Central Texas College, the Texas Woman's University, and the University of North Texas.

The attorneys also representing clients in the surrounding counties of Dallas County, Tarrant County, Grayson County, Collin County, and Cooke County.

If you or someone you know is a college student who faces DWI charges, minor sale, minor possession, or another related offense, call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at 940-222-8004 today for your free consultation. We also represent individuals from Grapevine, Westlake, and Fort Worth, Texas.

This article was last updated on December 21, 2016.

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