MESSAGE TO STUDENTS

If you are a student at Penn State University, Lockhaven University, or any university in Central PA and you are facing criminal charges, Masorti Law Group can help you.

We know you are probably feeling scared and confused. You may be worried about how your parents will react if they find out. You're probably worried about how the criminal charges might affect your education and your future. A criminal conviction may not only result in your incarceration but also your suspension or expulsion from college, exclusion from campus housing, and loss of financial aid. Your future is at stake!

While it may appear to be easy in the short run to just simply enter a guilty plea, pay a small fine, and be done with the matter, that is not usually the correct decision long-term for any young adult. Even a minor brush with the law can be a permanent criminal record that could prevent you from getting into other schools, obtaining a job, entering the military, or getting a license years after graduation. At Masorti Law Group, we make every effort to help you avoid a permanent criminal record.

The short and long-term effects of a mistake may be minimized with a skillful criminal defense attorney, like Attorney Masorti, helping you. Don't go to court alone, even if your friends have in the past and you think you can handle it yourself. Criminal charges are too serious to try to take care of on your own. Your education and future are at stake.

In addition to the criminal charges that could cost you your freedom, you are also probably about to face college disciplinary proceedings that could result in your discipline, including suspension or expulsion from college, and/or your eviction and exclusion from campus housing. This situation creates a serious dilemma for college student defendants.

Unlike non-student defendants, college student defendants facing college disciplinary proceedings will feel compelled to defend themselves by making statements to college officials. While your failure to defend yourself in a college disciplinary proceeding may have adverse effects on your education at the college, defending yourself by making a statement may result in even more serious adverse consequences in court as your statements can and will be used against you there. You have some very serious decisions to make that will affect your future. Don't make those potentially life-changing decisions without the help of a competent criminal defense counselor like Attorney Masorti.

You have rights, and we want to protect them in a way that minimizes adverse consequences not only in court but also on campus. The most important rights are the right to remain silent and to be represented by an attorney but most colleges prohibit lawyers from representing students in disciplinary proceedings. In many cases though, we have found that with proper coaching from Attorney Masorti, students can effectively represent themselves at college disciplinary proceedings, minimizing adverse consequences there, while still preserving their constitutional right against self-incrimination. To accomplish this it is most important that you consult with and retain competent criminal defense lawyer before you talk to the police, other campus officials, or participate in college disciplinary proceedings.