Can You be a Student and a Criminal?

What if the person next to you in your college biology class was an ex-criminal? Often times, colleges are unaware of criminal backgrounds of applicants. To help with this issue, some college applications require the prospective student to admit their criminal background; however, a group at Princeton University has decided that they no longer feel the question is appropriate. Some students feel that allowing individuals with criminal pasts would provide campuses with diversity and a new perspective. Some students rightfully feel that the background checks are an invasion of their privacy, some feel that the background checks are a necessary safety precaution.

According to a group of students who are pushing for the question to be removed stated that “individuals with past involvement with the justice system would bring distinct perspectives to Princeton. Approximately one-quarter of U.S. adults have a criminal record. On college campuses, a lack of interaction with this stigmatized population fosters deep misunderstandings about the nature of the criminal justice system and those affected by it. We believe that by eliminating questions related to past involvement with the justice system, Princeton can open the door to increased diversity of experience and perspective among the student body without compromising its academic quality or moral character.” Furthermore, the group feels that there is a lack of concrete evidence that shows those who have a criminal history are more likely to commit a crime.

The difficulties go beyond the application level, too. In fact, being involved in a crime can hinder a student’s chances of being eligible for federal financial aid if they were involved in a drug crime. Further, even if a student is awarded financial aid from the federal government, it can be taken away if the student is ever charged with a crime involving drugs. According to the federal financial aid website, drugs are not the only factor that could keep a student from receiving aid. They could have also been convicted of a forcible or non-forcible offense.

Criminal charges can be confusing and scary. Anyone convicted of a crime in state or federal court should speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in their area to help make sense of it all.

For those charged in any type of criminal case, it will be very important to speak with and hire a criminal defense lawyer who completely understands all the issues and complexities that go along with your charges. South Carolina criminal defense attorneys at The Mace Firm spend a significant amount of time in criminal courts throughout the United States. There are criminal defense attorneys all over the country, but few are like those at our firm who practice criminal defense in Charleston, Miami, Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island, Surfside Beach, Columbia and several other areas.

If you or someone you know is facing federal criminal or state criminal charges, you will need to speak with an experienced Myrtle Beach criminal defense attorney. A South Carolina criminal lawyer at The Mace Firm is ready to speak with you about your case. Call a criminal defense attorney to schedule your free consultation.