Berks County, Lancaster County and Lebanon County are home to numerous colleges and universities. The thousands of undergraduate and graduate students represent a large percentage of the population — and a certain percentage of the arrests, from petty thefts and mischief to serious felony offenses.

At Bentley, Gibson, Kopecki, Smith, P.C., we understand the unique issues that college students face when they are accused of crimes. Many colleges prohibit drug and alcohol consumption, or have rules regarding criminal convictions, which may result in loss of scholarship funding or expulsion from the school. One bad choice or unfair allegation can ruin a young person’s future, including being barred from certain occupations. A conviction can also affect your driving privileges, your hunting privileges and gun rights, and other facets of your life.

We Are Committed To Protecting Your Future

Our criminal defense attorneys provide a proactive and vigorous defense. When we intervene early, we may be able to get the charges dismissed or reduced. We are familiar with programs for first-time offenders to keep certain offenses off of the person’s record. And when necessary, we are experienced trial lawyers who will fight for you in court before a judge or jury.

We represent college students attending any of the schools in the Reading area and surrounding counties of southeast Pennsylvania, including:

  • Penn State Berks
  • Reading Area Community College (RACC)
  • Berks Technical Institute (BTI)
  • PACE Institute
  • Kutztown University
  • Albright College
  • Alvernia University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Millersville University
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  • Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC)
  • Lebanon Valley College

Experienced Criminal Defense For Any Charges

College students face the same penalties as any adult or, in the case of DUI and alcohol offenses, even stricter penalties. There is no such thing as a “minor offense” when so much is at stake. Our lawyers handle any matter — from traffic offenses to homicide — and we have commonly represented college and university students accused of:

We are knowledgeable about programs for youths and young adults to avoid the worst consequences of an arrest. For example, first-time offenders may qualify for ARD or sentencing alternatives that avoid jail time and eventually result in dismissal of charges. If the student already has a criminal record, there is still much we can do to fight the charges or soften the consequences.

Contact Us Today For A Free Consultation

Whether you are a student who is exploring your rights or you are the parent of a college student who is in trouble with the law, we invite you to reach out to us for a free initial consultation. We know how frightening and stressful these situations can be, and we will walk you through every stage of the process.

Call (610) 685-8000 or contact us online for a free 30 minute consultation. We are here to help.