University of Delaware Student Crimes –
Newark Alderman’s Court No. 40

Starting college is an exciting time for any student or parent. As a student, you have worked hard through high school for the opportunity to embark on a new chapter in your life, work towards your career, and make new friends and memories.  As a parent of a student, you have watched your son or daughter grow up right before your very eyes, and now they are off on their own.  Nothing could make you prouder.

But students and parents must keep in mind that with these new and exciting opportunities also comes new found independence; an independence that can, unfortunately, lead to lapses in judgment. One quick decision in college can lead to a lifetime of headaches as a result of criminal charges.

As a University of Delaware student, the punishment you face as the result of a criminal conviction is, in some ways, far greater than the punishment someone else would face.  In addition to criminal penalties, a conviction can result in expulsion from the University of Delaware, jeopardize eligibility for financial aid, result in a barrier to graduate school admission, and impede your ability to obtain employment in the future.

Protecting Your Future

In today’s world, it is more important than ever to have a clean record.  Whether you are applying for an internship or externship, or applying to graduate school or applying for a job, anyone considering your application will review your criminal history.  Considering the limited number of positions available in today’s highly competitive market, it is important to set yourself apart from other candidates.  Setting yourself apart means ensuring that your application reflects that you made sound decisions while in college, both in the classroom and out.  If you do make a mistake outside of the classroom after making a huge time and financial commitment to the University of Delaware, you must protect your future by knowing your rights.

If you are arrested by the Newark Police Department or the University of Delaware Police for a misdemeanor, your case will most likely be handled in Alderman’s Court No. 40.  Collins & Associates handles all types of crimes at the University of Delaware, such as:

  • Drug possession
  • Prescription drug charges
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Offensive Touching and Assault
  • Underage possession or consumption of alcohol
  • Theft or Criminal Mischief

Will the University of Delaware Know About My Arrest?

Absolutely. The Newark Police Department and the University of Delaware Police Department share a network of information.  If you are arrested by either organization, the University of Delaware will know about your arrest.  Shortly after your arrest, the University of Delaware Office of Judicial Affairs will notify you that it is aware of your arrest and that you have been scheduled for an administrative hearing. Depending on the nature of your violation, you could face a  administrative penalties ranging from a “strike” to expulsion.

If you are charged with a felony, University of Delaware policy permits you to bring an attorney to your hearing.  The attorney’s role, however, is severely limited as compared to a normal criminal proceeding in that your attorney can only advise you as to whether you should answer certain questions. The policy does not prevent your attorney from advising you before your administrative hearing with respect to addressing the disciplinary panel to convince them that notwithstanding your mistake, you remain a valuable student to the University who should be permitted to remain enrolled.

If you are charged with a misdemeanor, University of Delaware policy does not permit you to have a lawyer accompany you for your hearing.  However, you do need a lawyer to handle the criminal case.  Collins & Associates can also advise you before you address the hearing officer(s) presiding over your University of Delaware administrative hearing.  The goal, of course, is to minimize potential penalties by convincing the panel that your mistake was an isolated incident and that you have learned your lesson.

Whether you are a University of Delaware student in trouble or a worried parent of a University of Delaware Student, contact Collins & Associates. Our goal is to help you through your legal challenges, keep your record clean, and advise you on how to avoid trouble in the future.  Please call (302)655-4600 or email to schedule a free consultation.

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