College Student Charged With A Crime? We Can Help.

With several local universities and thousands of spring break students visiting southwest Florida each year, cases of underage drinking and marijuana possession are inevitable. Fun times can easily get out of hand, leading to criminal charges and potential convictions.

Recognizing the significance of a criminal conviction and the lifelong effect it can have on education and employment opportunities, the criminal defense attorneys at Aiken and O'Halloran represent students charged with criminal violations both on and off campus.

Representing Students From All Area Schools And Out Of State

Our firm is available to represent students of Edison State College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Ave Maria University, Hodges University and the various high schools in Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota counties. We consult with both parents and students and will be available to appear at all court hearings and proceedings in these counties.

If you or your child is charged with underage drinking, drugs, DUI or another criminal offense, contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call any of our four locations — Fort Myers, Punta Gorda or Sarasota. Se habla español.

Fighting A Variety Of Common Charges

The most common charges involving students and young adults include:

  • Underage drinking
  • Resisting arrest
  • Providing false or fake identification
  • Marijuana possession or sale

  • Illegal possession of controlled substances, including cocaine, Ecstasy, OxyContin, Percocet, Xanax or other prescription medications
  • Petit/petty theft and shoplifting

In the area of driving offenses, we represent students charged with DUI, drunk driving, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, fleeing or eluding, and other serious traffic infractions.

Working To Reduce The Impact On Your Life

If you are a foreign student, a criminal conviction can have immigration consequences with respect to your student visa. If you are pursuing a career in law enforcement, government service or the military, relatively minor offenses can have lasting consequences. In the age of the Internet, employers routinely check applicants' criminal histories. A clean record should be the goal of any student and parent. You need to protect your rights and freedom.

Contact Aiken and O'Halloran

Incarceration in a jail or a correctional facility can be a life-changing event for a young adult. A single error in judgment can affect his or her future. The criminal defense lawyers at our firm can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can generally respond on short notice for initial appearances and bond hearings.

Contact us for a free telephone or in-office consultation. We consult with out-of-town or out-of-state parents via telephone. Payment arrangements can be made telephonically or electronically, or by credit card. Se habla español.