People in Iowa know that the consequences of a criminal conviction can be serious and widespread, but the group that is perhaps most vulnerable to these negative effects includes young people and college students. For college students with their whole lives ahead of them, nothing can be more frightening than the prospect of a criminal conviction interfering with their standing in school and their future job prospects.
Many college students in Iowa rely on financial aid to pay for the high cost of tuition, but few know that they run the risk of losing federal financial aid if they are convicted of certain crimes. In addition, criminal charges also may cause a student to face discipline from his or her college or university, which could require the student to be required to appear and defend himself or herself before disciplinary committees, school administrators and other bodies. This is especially true of those people whose alleged crimes involve other students, school property or events on or near campus, such as an OUI or OWI or an alleged sexual assault of another student.
Sadly, even if a person is not convicted in a court of law, a school administrative board may still find a person culpable and cause him or her to suffer serious consequences, up to and including expulsion or suspension. With so much on the line, college students facing criminal charges should enlist the services of an experienced Iowa criminal defense attorney to help them clear their names before state courts and school administrative bodies, as well. In most cases, college students have the right to counsel and they should take advantage of this right by insisting on having the zealous representation of their attorney at all times. This includes having counsel represent them at administrative hearings, which could have an impact on their future academic and financial success.