Going to college is often the first real taste of freedom that young Amherst residents receive. As a result, they often make mistakes that could interfere with their ability to continue their academic careers. Some of those mistakes result in being charged with a crime, which not only puts them in a position of needing assistance with the criminal court process, but also with the administrative process of the college or university.
For many Amherst residents, the first time they hear about the right to remain silent is on television or in a movie. While being read the Miranda rights is properly depicted in several of these shows, they often neglect to accurately portray the fact that waiving those rights can happen unintentionally. Understanding how this happens and learning how to avoid it could come in handy one day.
How confident are you in your memory? What did you have for lunch last Friday? If you witnessed a crime, how sure are you that you could identify the perpetrator in a police lineup later?
Going to college is often a young adult's first foray into independence. Being away from home for the first time can be a liberating and daunting experience at the same time. College students can easily make bad decisions that put them in the position of facing potential repercussions on two fronts -- New York's criminal courts, along with the college or university they attend.