Many young adults are beginning a new chapter in their lives, as they depart home and head out on their college journey. It is certainly an exciting time, but it is also the first time many of them have left home alone for an extended period of time.

This can be fraught with nervousness for both the parent and the child.

While on their own, some students may find themselves, either due to poor choices or by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, encountering law officials, as well as the judicial system.

Many people may not know how best to deal with this situation when it occurs. This is why it is important for everyone to understand the law, in order to handle such situations in a safe manner. Below are five tips that our law firm would like to share with students and parents in preparation for the college sendoff.

Momentary Decisions Have Future Consequences – If you think your actions could get you arrested, then that should be a clear indication to not do it.  College students may not always realize that their actions are illegal or realize that all actions have consequences. However, an arrest can impact the rest of your life, including your career, your current and future family, and more.

Rights – Know and Exercise Your Rights – If you or a friend is arrested, know that you have the right to remain silent until you consult with an attorney.  And, in most cases, this is sound advice.

If You’re Charged with a Crime or Given a Citation – When charged with a crime or given a citation, a college student must take it seriously. It is imperative that you follow up and find out if and when you have to go to court.  The best decision in many cases is for you to contact a lawyer, to make sure you and your interests are best represented.  Pay any fines associated with the crime or citation.  Bring cash to pay the fine, because most courthouses do not take checks or credit/debit cards.

A Crime Committed Against You – If a crime is committed against you by an individual or a group of people, no matter how big or small, report it to the local authorities.  By filing a report, you have an official written record of the account, which will be necessary should you go to court.

Additional Tips:  Be aware of your surroundings.  If you are ever weary of your environment, leave and go somewhere safe. Never take unnecessary risks. If you are of legal age and go out drinking, consider taking an Uber of a taxi.

Remember that you are in charge of your own safety – and study hard!

For more information on what do if you have suffered a personal injury or if should you find yourself on the wrong side of the law, please contact Mike Miller or Christopher L. Wynn at 770-459-5438 or visit


Miller & Wynn, P.C., Attorneys at Law
Liberty and Justice for You

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