Getting into the right college is hard as it is, but if your child has an arrest on his or her record, things could get even more complicated. An arrest implies that your child was involved in committing a crime and, depending on the result, it can mean your child has a criminal record. Unfortunately, a criminal record can be a black mark on your child’s educational prospects as well as his or her future career opportunities.

How could it impact your child’s future education or career? It could be based on any of the following, including, but not limited to these three factors:

  1. The seriousness of the offense for which your child was arrested.
  2. Policies of your child’s choice for college regarding students with a criminal background.
  3. The outcomes of your child’s case.

If your child is convicted of a crime, he or she may have to go through rehabilitation. The time spent in rehabilitation depends on the nature and seriousness of the offense. After your child completes all requirements tied to the conviction, he or she may still have to disclose it to his or her employer or college. The requirement is a factor you and your child will want to discuss with your criminal defense attorney early in the case. There may be more factors for you to discuss together, including whether or not your child is still a minor.

Are you wondering what your child may be facing? Let us share just a few of the ways having an arrest on your child’s record could impact him or her. 

  • The college can rescind or deny admission.
  • It can cause serious harm to your child’s reputation in the college and the community.
  • Getting an on-campus job or student housing can be more difficult.
  • Your child’s college can put him or her on probation.
  • Your child can be asked to step down from any student boards or leave a sports team.
  • Your child’s financial aid status can be revoked.
  • Your child might be asked to attend counseling or spend time in community service.
  • Your child  might be called to attend a meeting with the university board to explain.
  • Your child can be expelled or suspended.

There are many other ways in which an arrest can impact your child’s entire life. If your child has been arrested for a crime he or she did or did not commit, we can help you. Contact us and talk to one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys to get the help you need today.