When Students Face Arrest
Juveniles and students in Texas are often treated more leniently than other criminal offenders. But, if charged with a crime, they also face special risks. Indeed, a criminal conviction can follow an individual throughout his or her life. They may have difficulty getting into the schools or programs of their choices, and will find their scholarship options limited. A mistake in high school can hinder one’s ability, years later, to land the job of their choice.
We can help. The attorneys at Kyle Law Firm offer discreet, aggressive legal defense services to students and their families. Drawing on more than 60 years of combined experience, we know how to fight back against criminal charges. We investigate every aspect of every case for vulnerabilities; if a mistake has been made at any point, we will find it and leverage it to our clients’ advantage. We are skilled at working with opposing counsel to reduce the charges and penalties our clients face, and, in many cases, have had the charges dropped or earned complete acquittals.
With offices in New Braunfels, we serve students in Austin, San Antonio, San Marcos and throughout Central Texas.
Will I Lose My Scholarship?
Students convicted of criminal offenses lose much of their eligibility for financial aid. They may also see their scholarships revoked. In particular, students with records of sex crimes or drug offenses — both of which rank among the most common campus crimes — will lose their access to federal financial aid, as well as Pell Grants.
While private institutions and academic organizations have some discretion in deciding whether to continue a student’s scholarship, they do not often look favorably upon criminal activity.
How Are DUI/DWIs Handled?
Less than 10 percent of drivers in Texas are under 21, yet they cause nearly 14 percent of all drunk driving-related fatalities in the state. For this reason, there are penalties for high school students. Offenders face financial penalties, jail time and the revocation of their drivers’ licenses. Likewise, insurers are likely to raise the premiums of underage DUI offenders — and, in many cases, revoke their policies.
How We Help
Our firm is committed to helping students keep their futures on track. We have developed a reputation for helping our clients avoid punishment. Our lawyers serve as persuasive counsel both in and out of the courtroom. In addition to fighting against criminal charges, we are also able to help protect our clients’ reputation by sealing any record of their arrest.